Luke 2:41-50 – Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you." "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
Luke is the only Gospel writer to give us any insight into Jesus’ childhood and youth. We can reasonably conclude that he sat down with Mary and interviewed her at some point in time. I can just about hear her recounting this story of visiting Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover when Jesus was twelve years old. Apparently they had shared the journey with a fairly large group of relatives and friends who were also returning to their homes at the same time. Mary probably had every reason to assume that Jesus was with the youngsters of some of their other traveling companions (perhaps with cousins), only to realize that, after traveling the whole day toward home, he wasn’t with them! That meant they needed to turn around, travel another entire day’s journey back to Jerusalem and spend another day looking for him. When they found Jesus in the temple courts their reaction was typical of many parents. They found their twelve year old engaged with the teachers in profound dialogue that left everyone astounded. Can you relate to Mary? Every conscientious parent keeps track of his/her child. It’s been three days and their son has not checked in with them. He didn’t let them know where He was! “Son, how could you treat your parents like this?” Mary let Jesus know plainly that they were worried sick, “Your father and I have been ANXIOUSLY searching for you.”
This is a teaching moment for the Son of God (who is also the Son of Man) to help His earthly parents get in tune with His Heavenly Father’s perspective. “Why were you searching for me?” This question is almost like questions He later would ask His disciples regarding His identity. It begs the question, “Haven’t you been given enough enlightenment already to know my identity and mission?” “Haven’t I been with you long enough that you would have known where to find me?” “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” And, like it was often the case with His disciples, “They did not understand what he was saying to them.” We all have some difficulty understanding some of Jesus’ words, especially as they pertain to His identity and relationship with the Supreme Ruler of the Universe. We do not quickly gain the enlightenment that He is the Word that was with God in the beginning; the Word that Created all things; the Word that WAS GOD; the Word that became flesh! It’s hard for our earth-bound minds to grasp that this twelve-year-old lad is the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD!
- Meet together with at least 1 or 2 other believers to enter the Throne Room of Grace.
- Join our 6:00pm Thursday night prayer team.
- Oh, come to the Father through Jesus the Son, and give Him the glory, great things He has done!
- Pray for the Good News families of the week: David & Sarah George (Nathanael, Rachael), Matt & Megan George (Nicole), Peter & Laurel George (Annabeth, Luke, Josiah).
- Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the earth hear His voice!
- Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the people rejoice!
- Praise God for giving us His Son so that through Him we may have eternal life!
- Attend “In Touch” Prayer meeting at GNCC at 10:30am or join in prayer at that time.
- Ask God to give you understanding when it comes to the words of Christ!
- Celebrate the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us!
Prayer Challenge: Give God the glory for Jesus His Son! Praise the Lord! Rejoice! Tell the world! Come to the Father through Jesus His Son, and give Him the glory, great things He has done!