LOSING JESUS ON THE JOURNEY

I sought him, but I found him not.
Song of Solomon 3:1
One of the strangest stories in the Bible was the one where Mary and Joseph somehow left their twelve year old son, Jesus, in Jerusalem as they headed back to Nazareth. What were they thinking? It took them three days to find Him. Can you imagine what they were thinking? I wonder if they were thinking up a story to explain to the Father how they had lost His Son? This funny story speaks to all of us about our spiritual journey. Mary and Joseph had lost Jesus while actually on a religious pilgrimage. We too can lose Jesus in all our religious endeavors. Hopefully we will have enough sense, like Mary and Joseph, to go back where we lost Him. Have you lost the sense of His nearness? If so, what could have caused this loss of His nearness? Charles Spurgeon shares some insights on this truth from Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress”.
“Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust doth dwell. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, Look for a thing where you dropped it, it is there. So look for Christ where you lost him, for he has not gone away.”
This thought from Spurgeon can be quite helpful though powerfully convicting. Could it be that compromise or sinful behavior has caused you to lose your sense of the Lord’s presence? Maybe you have been neglecting time with God in His word. It’s easy to lose your way when you are not reading the scriptures. Or possibly its in lack of prayer. Not spending time seeking His presence in prayer can easily cause you to lose your way. So what shall we do? We should follow the lead of Mary and Joseph. They last saw Him in Jerusalem so to Jerusalem they went. Where do you last remember seeing Jesus? Better get started back, time is wasting away.

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