Today it was brought to my attention that my baby Jesus is missing from my nativity set here in the office. Where could it be? Why would anyone want to take a little plastic canvas baby from a homemade nativity set that my husband made many years ago?
This set me to thinking about how the real Baby Jesus is lost in many of our lives. The real one was born over 2 thousand years ago to a carpenter and his betrothed, Mary. They were good but very poor people. They, however, were believers in the One True God, the Creator of the Universe and were obedient to His laws. God knew they would follow His instructions in providing a home for His Son.
Mary allowed God to indwell her with Jesus. In that time and culture, she could have been killed. Joseph, her betrothed would have every right to allow that to happen, but God spoke to him and Joseph took on the responsibility of honoring Mary and fulfilled the marriage requirements and married her, giving Jesus a home to grow up in.
They continued to follow God’s leading when Herod went on a rampage to kill the babe who was to be the ‘King of the Jews’. They left their home and family and went to Egypt and returned only when told it was safe to come back to Nazareth.
The point I’m trying to make is that when we follow God’s leading, we will not lose Jesus. He will be right where He belongs, at the center of our hearts. It’s when we get too busy to make time to study God’s Word, spend time listening and talking to God about what is important, and serving Him in whatever way He’s equipped us, that Jesus disappears from our lives.
Have you lost Jesus? He’s easy to find. There is a saying that 'Wise Men still Seek Him'. Are you seeking Him? Join us this Sunday, the 21st at 10 AM and you just might find Him.