Joshua 19-21 Luke 2:25-52
“Jesus said to them, ‘Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house? But they did not understand the meaning of what he said.” (Luke 2:49-50)
We don’t know much about Jesus as a young boy. There are apocryphal stories, but this section of Luke is the only glimpse we have into His childhood. Joseph and Mary and some other friends from Nazareth went to Jerusalem every year for the Passover Feast. They traveled as a group and it was such a close-knit group that neither parent noticed Jesus missing when they left to return home. After a while they realized that Jesus wasn’t there, so Joseph and Mary headed back to Jerusalem and searched the city for three days. When they found Him, He was in the Temple, teaching the elders. When His parents expressed the worry they dealt with because they had turned the city upside down, Jesus was surprised, because they should have known where He would be – He was at His Father’s house.
There’s a well known story in my wife’s family about the time her parents left her at church when she was still an infant. No one was too worried at the church because it was a pretty small church and everyone knew each other. When both parents got home and realized that neither one had her, one of them rushed back to the church to pick her up. They knew where they had left her. My wife was too young to walk, so she wasn’t going anywhere. Mary and Joseph had to rack their brains trying to think where they left Jesus. When did they see Him last? Where could He have traveled. I imagine that Jesus knew right where to go when family left Him behind – His Father’s house. As we think about this story, there’s a lesson for all of us. Sometimes we get left behind by family, friends, or coworkers. It may be a literal leaving behind, or it may be figurative, but occasionally we find ourselves our in the middle of nowhere. Where do you go? Who do you turn to when that happens? The best place to be found is in God’s hands. The best place to go is a house of worship where Jesus Christ is honored as the Savior.
Lord, there are times when I wander away from You. Lead me back to You, Your people, Your house that I might honor You with my life.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.