Missing Persons

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.


Author: Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

One thought on “Missing Persons”

  1. Amazing God! It was God’s plan for preparing Jesus for His Ministry. God created all of these distractions so Jesus could learn as much as He can. He created Godly distractions so Mary and Joseph could not find him until 3 days later from Jesus’ disappearance. It was unusual for someone at Jesus’ age to ask scholarly questions! It was God’s plan for Jesus to reveal His identity as the Son of God at this temple!!

    When God involves in, we cannot reason! We cannot apply any common sense or earthly principles to solve or to understand any issues or a pending problem or situation. Everything is possible with God and no one will ever understand His plan for us or for the earth! We just have to keep communicating with Him through prayers!

    Merry Christmas to all!

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