This coming Sunday, I will preach on Luke 2:41-51. This is the passage where ‘the boy Jesus is in the temple.’
This passage teaches us a lot.
One interesting point is that Jesus’ parents, Joseph and Mary, had lost him.
Luke 2:43 says “as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it”
Wow! I cannot imagine really losing my child.
Then Luke 2:44 says “but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him…”
Wow! I really cannot imagine losing my child for a day or more before I even realized it.
Then Luke 2:46 says “After three days they found him…”
Wow! I totally cannot imagine losing my child for three whole days. I would be freaking out. Or as Mary, his mom, said to him “Your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” I would be in great distress.
All parents be encouraged! Even great godly parents (who had the favor of God upon them so much that they were able to raise the Savior of the World and King of the Universe) mess up, stress out, and lose their kid sometimes.
Good thing He was safe all along and about His Father’s business!