I was praying today and reflecting on the time when Mary and Joseph lost Jesus. I had to wonder – How much trouble would you be in if you lost the Son of God?
Jesus was twelve, and the parents of most twelve-year-olds would think them old enough to notice when their entire caravan is leaving and leave with them. Although, most parents of twelve-year-olds would also not be surprised when they didn’t have any clue that the crowd they arrived with was gone.
This is what happened to Mary and Joseph: their caravan left Jerusalem, and they assumed Jesus was in the group. After three days of searching, they found Him back in Jerusalem, deep in discussions with the Jewish teachers. Of course, their reaction is the Biblical version of “What were you thinking?!”
As they scold Jesus, He answers them, “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49) He was never lost.
The thing I love about this story is that it tells us so much about us.
I’m sure that Mary and Joseph had looked a hundred different places before they made it to the Temple. So many times, we look for Jesus in all the wrong places, when the best place to find Him is in His Father’s house. There we can find Him in Scripture, in service, in worship, and in prayer. We don’t need to go searching all over creation. We already know where He is.
Go. Let the search begin.