by Jackie Prim

Don't Lose Christ In Christmas
Jackie Prim
Luke 2:40-43 KJV

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. 41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43 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.

When my children were small, my son loved to explore and investigate and visit and have folk hold him and talk to him; my daughter, on the other hand, didn't want any parts of anybody but Momma and Daddy. My son never met a stranger; my daughter never met a friend. So when they started toddling, my son would wander off, checking things out and talking to anyone who came along. So my husband and I learned early that we had to keep our eyes on our son. And in order not to lose Christ in Christmas - we've got to keep our eyes on Jesus, the Son of God.

Mary and Joseph had been to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover. Jesus, who was twelve-years-old, was with them. When the feast was over they began to travel back home. They had traveled a whole day's journey and made camp that evening before they realized they had misplaced Jesus. Before you call Child Protective Services or write them off as bad parents for not keeping up with their child, understand they were traveling in a large group. The women and children generally would begin the journey ahead of the men, seeing how they traveled a little slower. By evening time when they would make camp, the men had caught up with the women and children. I am sure Mary thought, "Jesus is with Joseph." And Joseph thought, "Jesus is with Mary." So, it was not until that evening they discovered Jesus wasn't with either of them.

I just wonder how far you would have traveled before you realized that you had misplaced Jesus? Or sh ...

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