Sunday, December 22, 2013

Jesus: A GPS for a Lost World

Yesterday I read an article at CNET, excerpted below, that noted some churches were putting GPS devices in the "baby Jesus-es" they use in their nativity scenes to help find him if he was stolen:
It's Christmas. 
The time of year when we all love our fellow human a little more. The time of year when we consider the spiritual aspects of our lives (or their lack). 
And the time of year when people steal baby Jesus figurines from nativity scenes in churches. 
As MyFoxDC reports, a security company has leaped to the rescue of churches frustrated that their Jesus, Mary, or Joseph are taken by the unscrupulous. 
Brickhouse Security is giving free GPS trackers to all qualifying churches in order to prevent such an unholy occurrence.
My initial thought was that this was just another means of defense churches and Christians are using in the proverbial "war on Christmas", and in some ways it is. But, I think it provides another message for us as well. These churches are placing GPS devices in "Jesus" so that in case He gets stolen or lost, He can be found. It is almost the opposite message Christ brought to earth. In reality, Jesus will never be the one lost, but we are. He is the one who finds us, when we earnestly seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

 The world will celebrate the birth of Jesus on Wednesday. We don't know the exact date Jesus was born, although it likely was not December 25th. We do know, however, why He came--divine, yet choosing humanity-- to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 19:10). Churches are now resorting to technology to "find Jesus" if he is lost, but the truth is that He always had a GPS purpose to fulfill, not because He gets lost, but because He came to save us who are lost.

Crossposted here and here.

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