All of us lose things, forget things, misplace things. And because we misplace, we’ve been placed into the proactive “search mode”.

That mode where you’re trying to retrace your steps, replay the situation and sequence of events in order to relocate…or find. We are a people who live life on a search…and not just for trivial things, or forgotten items – but often — it’s searching for deeper and more meaningful things.

Back quite a few years ago, there was one who searched for meaning, significance and more in so many things. He finally found what he was looking for – actually, maybe it’s better described as – it found him. Augustine’s famous quote from book: Confessions... “God has made us for Himself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.”

On that first Easter, another search was taking place. Mary was searching for the one she had finally found that made all of life come alive, that brought the significance and truth that she had longed for in her everyday’s. He was taken all to sudden and Jesus had his life extinguished all too soon in her mind. You can hear the longing in her heart as she came to the tomb that Easter Sunday just trying to get herself to know how to move forward without the very thing that had finally brought all things into focus and fulfillment.

But she wasn’t the only one searching…
John 20:14-16
At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

In this moment she went from the one searching to find…to the one that was searched after and FOUND.

We follow a God who pursues us. Who knows our name. And when we hear our name, everything changes.
God searches for us so that we might not only BE found, but freed to LIVE as a “Found-One”.
“Found-One’s” have a NEW foundation to build life on and a NEW identity to live from. It changes how you and I can relate with people, relate with God and view all of life.
The beautiful truth of Easter is this: We celebrate an incredible love. Jesus bore our shame, He took our sins, He defeated the grave & He rose to lead the search party that we might BE #FOUND.

Today: turn around and know that Jesus is searching for you, that you might hear your name. If you’ve heard your name, then choose to re-anchor yourself to the truth that you are found and you get to live as a FOUND-ONE.

We’re still celebrating with a couple folks from Sunday that were ‘found’ and now eternally connected with their Creator.

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