In The Gospel of Thomas, the followers of Jesus say:
‘Tell us who you are that we may believe in you.’
Like us, they were constantly searching for meaning outside themselves.
They just needed more information on which to base a decision.
Jesus just needed to get his shit together and explain things rather more clearly than he had done, so an informed decision could be taken.
The only way, surely?
Jesus answers them:
‘You search the face of heaven and earth but you do not recognise the one who is in your presence and you do not know how to experience the present moment.’
It is reassuring to know that we’re not the first to be so busy searching for explanations that we miss the meaning of now.