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The Lost Boy (01/13/2013)
From T.M. Schoewe

Doctor Luke’s gospel story about Christ being lost for three days is one with which any boy or girl who has ever been lost from their parents can quickly identify. So we love this story, which is the only one we have of Christ’s early years. The real underlying truth is that Christ was not lost; Mary and Joseph were lost.

Mary and Joseph together with Jesus had gone with a number of people from Nazareth to celebrate the Passover in Jerusalem. After the festivities the group set out on the return to Nazareth, several days walk. They probably assumed the Lord was making his way with some of the young people in the group. After that first day they discovered He had not come along, so they returned to Jerusalem. It took three days to finally discover Him in the big temple answering and asking questions with the Doctors of the Law. They are amazed, but Mary is quick to scold Him and like any mother she was saying “what are you doing here, with sorrow we have been looking for you for three days!”

The Lord answers Mary’s rebuke with a bigger rebuke, “Why did you seek me?” “Did you not know that I must be about my FATHER’S business?” Some discover this story to be about the real identity of Jesus which Mary and Joseph seemed to have forgotten and not about a lost boy. Did they not remember what the angels and the shepherds had told them?

Here the Lost Boy is asserting HIS IDENTITY! He is announcing that He is God’s Son! In a way He is surprising us and making us think after 2,000 years. Being completely and utterly human, Jesus is also completely and utterly divine. This Mary ponders. It was like His birth all over again.

Another element in this story is the “three days.” Just as it took three days to find Jesus, we recall the three days with the burial of our Lord which was foretold by Isaac, who was taken by Abraham to be sacrificed on Mt. Moriah, where later the temple was built. Finally we are reminded of those three days Jonah was in the whale. All of this tells us these three days of talking with doctors of law and scribes in the temple has to be about more than just a lost boy of twelve.

Conclusion: In a way it was Mary and Joseph who were lost because they had forgotten Who Jesus really is. And then they were found in a way when they returned to the temple and met with the Lord’s rebuke. That was a great Word from Him Who is the Word, by which all things were made. So as you journey into 2013, which may be a tough and troublesome year, be sure each day to take and hold onto the Word. Not to do so is to end up as one of God’s lost boys or girls. And you know how to do so. There are numerous temples and a number of books of 66 authors, all in one way or another which connect your life with the Lord. Take a Word or two every day as you go through 2013! That is the way one of His names—Immanuel which means “God with us”—keeps us from being lost. Don’t get lost in 2013! From T.M. Schoewe

Doctor Luke’s gospel story about Christ being lost for three days is one with which any boy or girl who has ever been lost from their parents can quickly identify. So we love this story, which is the only one we have of Christ’s early years. The real underlying truth is that Christ was not lost; Mary and Joseph were lost.

Mary and Joseph together with Jesus had gone with a number of people from Nazareth to celebrate the Passover in Jerusalem. After the festivities the group set out on the return to Nazareth, several days walk. They probably assumed the Lord was making his way with some of the young people in the group. After that first day they discovered He had not come along, so they returned to Jerusalem. It took three days to finally discover Him in the big temple answering and asking questions with the Doctors of the Law. They are amazed, but Mary is quick to scold Him and like any mother she was saying “what are you doing here, with sorrow we have been looking for you for three days!”

The Lord answers Mary’s rebuke with a bigger rebuke, “Why did you seek me?” “Did you not know that I must be about my FATHER’S business?” Some discover this story to be about the real identity of Jesus which Mary and Joseph seemed to have forgotten and not about a lost boy. Did they not remember what the angels and the shepherds had told them?

Here the Lost Boy is asserting HIS IDENTITY! He is announcing that He is God’s Son! In a way He is surprising us and making us think after 2,000 years. Being completely and utterly human, Jesus is also completely and utterly divine. This Mary ponders. It was like His birth all over again.

Another element in this story is the “three days.” Just as it took three days to find Jesus, we recall the three days with the burial of our Lord which was foretold by Isaac, who was taken by Abraham to be sacrificed on Mt. Moriah, where later the temple was built. Finally we are reminded of those three days Jonah was in the whale. All of this tells us these three days of talking with doctors of law and scribes in the temple has to be about more than just a lost boy of twelve.

Conclusion: In a way it was Mary and Joseph who were lost because they had forgotten Who Jesus really is. And then they were found in a way when they returned to the temple and met with the Lord’s rebuke. That was a great Word from Him Who is the Word, by which all things were made. So as you journey into 2013, which may be a tough and troublesome year, be sure each day to take and hold onto the Word. Not to do so is to end up as one of God’s lost boys or girls. And you know how to do so. There are numerous temples and a number of books of 66 authors, all in one way or another which connect your life with the Lord. Take a Word or two every day as you go through 2013! That is the way one of His names—Immanuel which means “God with us”—keeps us from being lost. Don’t get lost in 2013! 

 

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