First Sunday after Christmas December 27, 2015
Hide-and-seek or lost-and-found?
When we were younger, we played a game called hide-and-seek, or as some say, lost-and-found. One person would go hide; the others would count to ten, then say, “Ready or not, here we come.” Meanwhile the other person tried not to be found. But was Jesus playing hide-and-seek? Or was he lost and needed to be found?
I can still remember how frightened I was when at age four my child walked away in the mall. We couldn’t find her for over a half hour; we found her in the security office talking with the guards.
“When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him” (Luke 2:45).
Only when they had traveled a whole day’s journey and they came together in the evening did they realize that Jesus was lost. I guess Mary thought Jesus was with Joseph, and Joseph thought Jesus was with Mary.
We too can lose Jesus if we don’t watch where he is going. We can get caught up in doing his work and drift away. The reality is that most of us drift at some stage of our Christian journey. It is easy to get caught up in other things.
The good news is that, if we lose Jesus at some point in our Christian life, we can stop and retrace our steps to the place where we were last with him, where we left him. The challenge in our Christian journey is to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus day by day.
“Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it” (Hebrews 2:1). It is never too late.
Nasel Ephraim, pastor, Redeemer Moravian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania