Luke 2:43-45 ERV
When the festival was over, they went home, but Jesus stayed in Jerusalem. His parents did not know about it. They traveled for a whole day thinking that Jesus was with them in the group. They began looking for him among their family and close friends, but they did not find him. So they went back to Jerusalem to look for him there.
I have been reading a plan in the bible app about Christmas, I read this scripture back on day 8 and it won’t leave me. The key to the message is how many of us has lost Jesus in our lives?
This season is supposed to be about the birth of our Lord, the birth of the gift that keeps on giving. We get so caught up in satisfying the kids every wish that in many cases we have never truly share THE GIFT of Jesus. We talk about Jesus like he is a magician (Tell jesus all your troubles, he will fix it. Cast your worries on the Lord, pay your tithes and he will open the windows, and on and on) so we should not be surprised when our kids expect a show. A show for their birthday, we buy things we can’t afford and invite people who don’t care. A show for Christmas, buying the latest and greatest gift with no thoughts to our children’s financial future, that’s why they expect a show. But the reality is we need to make sure our children understand what the Gift is.
I asked have we lost Jesus because we get so busy being parents, cooking, cleaning, doing homework, going to work, going to church (yes church can be a distraction if it’s just something else you have to do) that we forget to keep our relationship tight with Jesus. Studying the word takes a back seat to often meaningless stuff. Most people know all about the housewives of wherever or love and hip hop but can’t tell you one thing they are expecting from God. We have lost Jesus in our day to day duties and we need to be like Joseph and Mary. We need to go back to where we were with him last and find him. We need to teach our children why it’s important to have a relationship with Jesus. If they can understand the message in the latest ninja turtle movie or the message in Frozen or Hapoy Feet they can understand the message of Jesus.
Let’s grab our families and go back to where we last saw our savior, he is waiting on us with open arms.
Hebrews 10:12-13 ERV
But Christ offered only one sacrifice for sins, and that sacrifice is good for all time. Then he sat down at the right side of God. And now Christ waits there for his enemies to be put under his power.