Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for January 3, 2021; Second Sunday after Christmas
1 Kings 3:4-15; Psalm 119:97-104; Ephesians 1:3-14; Luke 2:40-52
When [Mary and Joseph] did not find [Jesus], they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Luke 2: 45-49
Have you ever had that feeling, that utterly sick feeling when you’ve lost something precious to you. Maybe an irreplaceable keepsake, a precious gift for someone, any amount of money, or worst of all, your child? Oh what a terrible, turn-your-stomach-inside-out sickening feeling. Well, that is exactly what Mary and Joseph were experiencing when the thought they had lost their precious son, Jesus. How distraught they must have been! How fearful!
So many times in our life we may experience such feelings, but worst of all is if you are feeling like you are the one who is lost. Feeling like you’re running around aimlessly, finding no resolve for answers. Feeling like something is lost in your life and you ache to find it- to find answers, to find peace, to find purpose, to find hope. You may feel like Mary and Joseph did running through the streets searching, searching, searching.
Well the answers to your searching can be found here at the manger, here at the cross, here with Jesus. Seek him in his word, in his sacraments and in his house, and everything else will fall into place. No your health may not be restored or your insurmountable debt be null and void, or broken relationships be immediately reunited, but you will find your Saviour waiting and ready to hear and comfort you. In him you will find the love, peace, and joy that only your Saviour can give, and that this world cannot provide. You will feel His love which surpasses all human understanding, and you will experience a peace beyond the tangible, finite things of this life. Why Jesus, the Saviour of the World, came on the first Christmas, seeking to heal you and draw you to him now and forever. He is the lover of your soul. He took the punishment and pain that your sins and my sins deserve and he died doing it. Yet, as only God can, he was raised from the dead and brought life eternal to humankind, and all who believe. He did it only because of his love for you, and all people. So with absolute assurance, you can turn to Jesus, your Saviour, who is your guide in this world and into the next.
You see, Jesus was never lost when his parents were searching for him. He could always be found in His Father’s house. It was Mary and Joseph who lost sight of Jesus, the Son of God. They got caught up in their own enjoyment, their own festivities, and forgot to bring Jesus along with them. So stop your frantic search, and truly seek Jesus. Seek him in his Word, and seek him in his house and among those who are already lovingly walking with him. You can be sure that he will be there, and rejoicing that you are asking him to join you in your life’s journey now and for eternity. So wherever you are at in your life and whatever this New Year brings, seek him and you can be sure that he will be there. With him you can trust you will never be lost again.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, as I begin this New Year, please be with me. Help me not to get so caught up in my own desires and activities that I lose sight of your presence in my life. May your Holy Spirit help me make room in my life to seek you at home and to worship you with my fellow brothers and sisters-in-Christ. In your name alone I pray. AMEN!