Where is He that is born King of the Jews? Matthew 2:2
Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, “Sir, we want to meet Jesus.” John 12:20 NLT
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity. Jeremiah 29:11-14 NKJV
For those who are seeking Jesus, where is the best place to find Him? It is not that Jesus is hard to find, but that too often people look for Him in the wrong places. There is one sure, absolute, and certain place where Jesus can be found, that place is the Gospel.
The Gospel is revealed and proclaimed from Genesis through Revelation, and where the Gospel is, Jesus is. There is no Gospel without Jesus, for He is the Gospel. Jesus is the news, the good news, and the only news that God is proclaiming to us through the Gospel.
You search and investigate and pour over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me! John 5:39 AMP
And [Jesus] said to them, O foolish ones [sluggish in mind, dull of perception] and slow of heart to believe (adhere to and trust in and rely on) everything that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary and essentially fitting that the Christ (the Messiah) should suffer all these things before entering into His glory (His majesty and splendor)? Then beginning with Moses and [throughout] all the Prophets, He went on explaining and interpreting to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning and referring to Himself. Luke 24:25-27 AMP
The Gospel was in the heart of God before creation and is revealed throughout the pages of Scripture—the Gospel is in the promise made in the garden after man’s fall, in the acceptable offering given by Abel, in the ark of safety during the flood, in the justification of Abraham and the promise of his seed, in the shedding of the blood of the Passover lamb, in the release from the bondage of Egypt, in the manna and in the rock that fed and quenched the thirst of Israel, in the crossing over Jordan into the land of promise, in the tabernacle in the wilderness and the temple build on God’s holy hill—in the brazen altar, in the laver, in the menorah, in the incense, in the bread of presence, in the veil, in the ark, in the mercy seat, in the shekinah glory and the presence of the Lord, in the tongue and the pen of the prophets, in the praises of the Psalms, in the wisdom of Proverbs, and in the intimacy of the Song of Songs.
The Gospel is God’s power in Christ—to save, redeem, transform, resurrect, forgive, heal, deliver, turn a selfish heart into a loving heart, and exchange a dead life into a living testimony for God’s glory.