We finished covering the wise men and the people who witnessed baby Jesus. Leaving off when Christ’s family returns to live in Nazareth. Before we head forward in Christ’s story we need to cover one short story about Him at age 12.
Today’s Reading- Luke – 2:41-50
The Perfect Child Goes Unnoticed
Even though Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth, every single year they traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover. Twelve years have passed, and all has gone smoothly. The family went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast (v.42).
When the days were completed the family returned, and the Christ preteen remained behind. Now, I’m not sure if it was because Christ was that reliable as a kid. Never in trouble. Always did what He was told. Or because if the family traveled with others maybe He got “lost” out of sight in the mix, and I’m sure by now He probably had other siblings as well.
But Christ was missing in this group of people, and His parents were not aware of it until one day had passed. In fact, (v.44) it does mention the parents thought He was among the company as they sought Him asking relatives and acquaintances. When Christ was not found, they returned.
For THREE days they looked for their lost son.
Where was this lost Child? I know most of you know 🙂
(v.46) He was found in the temple. He sat in the midst of teachers. He listened to them and He asked questions. I had a Sunday school teacher preach on this story at my home church, and he mentioned how even though Christ knew the truth, He didn’t flaunt it. He didn’t correct. He listened and asked questions.
Needless to say, however, those around Him certainly noticed. They were astonished at His understanding and His answers.
When His parents found Him, Mary, I’m sure mixed with worry and relief, asked Him why He did this to them for they were worried and concerned. Reminding Him, that they looked for Him anxiously.
Christ, obedient as ever, with no sassiness in His voice, said, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (v.49)
They did not understand His words, but it was clear Christ knew, even at this young age, what His calling for the Lord was.
What To Take Away- Christ expected His parents to know the truth because they were told the truth even before His birth. They were raising the Son of God. He would be about His Father’s business. How often do we need to be reminded of what Christ expects us to know and to follow? It’s easy to assume and to not be made aware of a problem until the alarms are ringing in our heart. All the more reason we need to seek the truth like Christ did. We need to ask questions. We need to be aware. We need to go to the Source. ❤
Have you ever been lost before as a child?
Monthly Scripture – (NLT) 1 Timothy 1:19, “Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their conscience and as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.”
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