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?”
Joseph and Mary really had a hard week! The week started out with their little family making their way up to Jerusasem for the Passover, singing songs about victory and preparing their lives to encounter God in the Rituals and the Readings that accompanied the Festival of Passover.
But something went radically wrong. At some point Jesus became LOST. That phrase, “Jesus Became Lost” makes NO sense theologically, but that’s exactly how Mary and Joseph felt about Jesus. Jesus was with them at the Festival, and then when they are leaving He was not.
What do parents do when a kid goes missing: They Freak Out! As the story goes, Mary and Joseph had some time to experience the full heartache of having misplaced a child as it took them 3 days to find him! Three days!
But Jesus, from before the time of His birth, was known by Mary and Joseph the Savior of the World! They were responsible for raising Him and protecting Him with all of their energy! How could God forgive a slip like this?
With the millions of people who would have swarmed Jerusalem, finding Jesus would have been like finding a needle in a haystack. He could have been ANYWHERE!
As Joseph and Mary arrived back to the holiest place they visited over the past week, there He was, at the Temple. Jesus was there with the teachers of the law, asking and answering questions. He was impressing them with his insight and wisdom.
In our culture, when a frantic parent finds a child after three days of panic and anxious searching, we expect weeping and gnashing of teeth on the part of the parents, and then later on the part of the child. But that’s not what happened here. Mary simply said to Jesus: “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
There was no spanking. No grounding. No cell phone was taken away. He didn’t even get put in time out. I suspect Jesus spared himself these with the wise words He offers:
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
Think about that for a moment! Where is Jesus Right Now in the midst of our confusion and fear? He’s in His Father’s house!
What’s He doing in His Father’s house? He is praying for us!
Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
He’s in His Father’s house praying for me and you. And because He is God, He is right next to us, closer than a friend. He is omnipresent! Wherever we go, He is with us. There’s not situation we find ourselves in where He is not available to us.
Trust in Jesus today. We find ourselves in desperate situations where we lose sight of the Savior, but there is never a situation where He has lost sight of us!
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