We've just bought this [Nativity set]....for our grandchildren of course.
At first, when I unpacked it I could not find Jesus. I really had to search amongst the packaging to find him. How sad and tragic it is for someone to never find Jesus, for there is no greater joy in this world than to search and find him like the shepherds, and later the wise men did. If you've yet to discover the reality of Jesus yourself, 'you will seek him and you will find him when you seek him with all your heart.' Jeremiah 29:13.
Yet, there is something even more tragic and sad than that of never finding Jesus, and that is to have once known him and loved him, and then lost him or cast him aside. That can happen as a result of the powerful attractions and enticements of the world. They were what lured Demas away, 2 Timothy 4:10. The love of the world, (as described in 1 John 2:15-16), is probably the biggest danger today within the church. One can lose Jesus, yet still continue functioning in a fellowship with the appearance of one who knows and loves the Lord. One can leave Christ without leaving the church.
We may also lose Jesus as a result of disappointment with one's church, or the hypocrisy and insincerity of others we have met in our church, with the added hurt or injustice we have experienced. These two can so easily cause a seed of bitterness to drop into our hearts and grow and take us over. Paul knew disappointment with his 'church,' leaders and fellow pharisees who had previously been his friends, and who, despite their religiousness, had made themselves his enemies. He experienced hypocrisy, injustice and hate on a scale that few of us have, but he never allowed it to cause him bitterness. He kept his focus on Jesus.
Dear friend, if you have lost Jesus, come kneel at the manger this Christmas, and look again at this wonderful, pure and vulnerable little baby. You are so precious to him that he is going to give his life for you. Why not give your life back to him and regain the joy and blessing you once knew when first you found him?