For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
This time of year, we celebrate the coming of God as a baby. In many ways, baby Jesus is the easiest form of God to know and love. What is truly miraculous for us is not just that God came into the world to be among us, but to come looking for those who have lost their way, and to teach us to never stop seeking all those in darkness. Jesus reminds of that mission in chapter 19 of Luke when he invites himself to Zacchaeus' house.
This week, I found myself following one of the preschool classes down the hallway. The teacher was explaining to my little buddy, Will, that she had to be at the back of the line behind him to see everyone and keep them safe. He responded, "And in case anyone gets lost?!" And we smiled. And his teacher affirmed, "Yes. And in case anyone gets lost."
How reassuring that our God came down at Christmas, not just to be among us or lead us, but to keep an eye on us and go looking for anyone who wanders. God came into our world because God Loves us. We look to Jesus in the manger as Emmanuel, God with us, our rabbi and teacher who leads and guides us, and as a child reminded me this week... in case anyone gets lost.