Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Are we missing Jesus?

Luke 2:43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it;44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day's journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances.45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. (NKJ)

In reading the Christmas story accounts in the Gospels, it is tempting to overlook this account that takes place when Jesus was 12 years old. Much emphasis is made of the fact that Christ confounded the teachers in the temple with His wisdom. But I think there is much to be said for the fact that Jesus was missing and yet life went on for Mary and Joseph. There are many (myself included) who would fall into the category of overprotective parents at times. Let's not forget that Mary and Joseph had Divine confirmation that the Son of God was living with them. And yet even with that knowledge, they somehow allowed Him to get "lost in the shuffle" of their busy lives.

Thank God they felt a sense of urgency, and sought him anxiously (the KJV says "sorrowing"). Friends, it is easy to take for granted the presence of Jesus in our lives. In this time of year especially, as we make preparations and plans for festivities and even religious activites, let us not forget to fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. As ironic as it seems, at a time when we are celebrating the birth of Christ, it seems more difficult to resist the temptation to get caught up in all of the frenzy of the season which is supposedly dedicated to Him. Admittedly I find my own thoughts preoccupied with more trivial matters at this time of year (do I really need a new electronic gadget every December?).

Just a reminder that we shouldn't leave Jesus behind as we pursue all of the activities of this holiday season.

~Until next time....