Christmas Message 7: Don't Lose Sight of Jesus

And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it
— Luke 2:43

When Jesus was twelve years old, He came up missing. Mary and Joseph lost sight of Him, and it took three days of searching to find Him again. They had been in Jerusalem for the Passover, and as they were returning home, He was nowhere to be found. Now this is where it gets interesting: they traveled a whole day before they missed Him. They had a problem and the problem wasn’t that they lost their love for Him or their faith. They just lost Him.

So, can this happen to us? The answer is yes. Think about this, it is possible to go through an hour, a day, or even a week without thinking Jesus. But He is the first one we think of when a crisis comes. When you’re on vacation and enjoying yourselves, be honest, can you lose sight of Jesus during that time? This is the easiest thing to do at Christmas. We are so busy celebrating the birth of Christ that we can forget about Him. This is the time of year when we have all kinds of responsibilities. And God's only begotten Son can become God's only forgotten Son.

One way we lose Jesus is when the fleshly displaces the spiritual or nonessential displace essentials. When we get busy, many times our spiritual lives are the first things to go. We don't have time to read the Bible. We don't have time to pray, even for a moment. We can't afford to give anything to God because we have so many things to buy. We allow nonessential to take the place of essentials. We’re all flesh and no spirit.

I am the king when it comes to losing and misplacing things. It seems like I spend the majority of my time looking for something that I misplaced. But what I try to do whenever I lose something is to retrace my steps. Where did I have it last? I go back to that place, and often times I will find it there.

If you've found that you've lost Jesus in the busyness of life, then you need to go back to where you were before. And the good news is that even if we lose sight of Jesus, He never loses sight of us. Christmas is a busy time with shopping and other responsibilities but keep your eyes on Jesus and don’t lose sight of Him for He is the reason for the season. God Bless!