Re:Verse reading–Luke 2:39-52 (day seven)
When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him. Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:45-46)
It took Mary and Joseph three days to find Jesus. I imagine that was the most nerve-racking three days of their lives. We do not know what happened those 72 hours. Some of it was traveling, maybe a day, then 2 days of searching. Where did they look? Where did they think Jesus might show up after so much time away? Why did it take 3 days to finally get to the temple, both the place Jesus noted as logical and the place they had just been?
Let’s disregard why it took so long for Mary and Joseph to get there, and see where Jesus settled when he was separated from his family: the temple. The place of worship and sacrifice that pointed people directly to God. The temple is exactly where he should have been.
If those closest to you went looking for you how long would it take them to come to church? Would anyone in your life think to look in a place of worship? Do they know your faith well enough or think of you as faithful enough that you might be found in church? I pray for that Daniel-like faithfulness to be found in us.