Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. When he was 12 years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to their custom. After the festival was over, they were returning home, but the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t know it. Supposing that he was among their band of travelers, they journeyed on for a full day while looking for him among their family and friends. When they didn’t find Jesus, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple. He was sitting among the teachers, listening to them and putting questions to them. Everyone who heard him was amazed by his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were shocked. His mother said, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Listen! Your father and I have been worried. We’ve been looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that it was necessary for me to be in my Father’s house?” But they didn’t understand what he said to them. Jesus went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. His mother cherished every word in her heart. Jesus matured in wisdom and years, and in favor with God and with people. (Luke 2:41-52, CEB)
If you were to look for Jesus, where would you look?
Mary and Joseph thought that Jesus was with the party when they left the Temple. But he wasn’t so they looked for him in the travel party and after they couldn’t find him they searched more. And then they found him in the Temple, where Jesus told them he was supposed to be.
Where do we suppose Jesus should be?
Where do we suppose Jesus shouldn’t be?
Is there someplace you think you won’t find Jesus?
Look and you will find.
Jesus is everywhere.
Loving People. Loving God.