Time seems more limited this year than any Christmas season I can remember. But it was still important to me to at least get the nativity scene put in my office at work. I have a tree and lots of decor, but that’s just not important when time is precious. The nativity, however, provides a great opportunity to share my faith.
I unwrapped each piece out of the box of ornaments. Many of them were easy to identify by their size and weight, even though cloaked in protective tissue paper.
I had every piece – a shepherd, two sheep, Mary, Joseph, and five wise men.
One of the reasons I love this particular nativity is that it has five wise men. Now I know that the wise men probably didn’t show up for another year and a half or so. I put them out away from the Mary and Joseph and the baby to represent the distance in time. But I am excited that there aren’t three of them. We have no idea how many there were, so anything besides three is a good reminder that it might have been any number.
I had every piece – except the baby Jesus in the manger. I picked up every piece of tissue wrapped around ornaments and partially unwrapped whatever to see if Jesus was there. I told one of my friends at work as she walked by that I had lost Baby Jesus.
And almost as soon as I said it I was struck by the blessing that we do not have to find Jesus. He seeks us. He finds us.
Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Luke 15:3-7 So He told them this parable, saying, 4 “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the [b]open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 7 I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
So if you don’t know Jesus, it isn’t because He isn’t seeking you, it is because you have not let yourself be “found.”
And once you have proclaimed Jesus as your Lord, then He cannot lose you and you cannot lose Him.
John 10:28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
Praise you, Lord, that you are seeking and finding and that we cannot lose you! Amen.