Looking for Jesus


 This is the only reference we have of Jesus between the ages of about 2 until he begins ministry at the of 30-32.  Also, these are the first recorded words of the savior of the world!! 
Have you ever felt like you lost Jesus??  Ever been desperately trying to find him, not knowing where to look??   Here, we see Mary in a desperate moment, having realized Jesus is not with her group on the 80 mile walk (that’s right – no casual believers here!!) from Jerusalem back to Nazareth following the Passover Feast.  (Long way to go for a meal, right).   She looks for him all over, among all their friends and relatives.  No Jesus.  She hurries back to Jerusalem, and for 3 whole days, no Jesus.  If you have children, if you’ve ever had a 12 year old, imagine losing that child for 3+ days in a populated area, any area.  Mary and Joseph were sick with worry and fear.  “After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.  And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.””
So how does the boy Jesus react??  With shame at having caused his parents so much grief??  Embarrassment??  No, none of that.    Just “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”  Because…of course they should have known where he was!!  Right??   If you’re going through a season feeling like you’ve lost Jesus, where are you looking for him?    Do you know someone looking for Jesus, but they are trying to find him everywhere but in his fathers house??  So many people today try to live by the lie that they don’t need to be in a church in order to find Jesus.  Just like everything else in our lives, we decide we can do it our own way.  Because that always works out in all we do!! We think we can find him in nature, in our own pursuits, without plugging into his body that meets in his fathers house.  Jesus is found outside of church to be sure,  but if you’re looking to find Jesus in your life and your heart, what better place to start looking than in his fathers house, the church he died on the cross to create??  Stop looking everywhere else and wondering why you can’t find Him.




“Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:41-52‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/luk.2.41-52.esv

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