Reading: Matthew 2:13-23; Luke 2:39-52
Summary: As a result of divine warning to Joseph of Herod’s evil intent against Jesus, he takes the family to Egypt only to return after Herod’s death. Upon their return, the family takes up residence in Nazareth where Jesus is raised.
The only event recorded from Jesus’ youth is His visit to Jerusalem for Passover at age twelve. To say that the biblical record of Jesus’ youth is scant would be generous.
Where Can You Be Found?
If someone were to be looking for you, would they know where to look?
Some friends had a son driving home from college one Friday night. He almost made it out to their farm, but his car broke down in town. Being the days before cell phones, options were limited. He thought for just a moment about where he was and when it was. He hopped out of his car, went into the grocery store in front of which his car died, and after a very brief search found his parents. Being Friday night he knew his parents always went grocery shopping at this store. Sure enough, there they were.
When Jesus’ parents realized their son was missing on the return trip from Jerusalem, they went back looking for Him. When He was finally located, in the temple, He said, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:48).
Though there is some discussion among Bible students as to the precise meaning of Jesus question; did it have more to do with where He was—the temple—or what He was doing—His father’s business (see KJV and NKJV) or some combination of the two?
Let’s use the idea of location. Jesus thought His parents ought to know where He could be found, in the Father’s house. To Him, as we say, it was a no-brainer.
Is that what people would think to locate us? Not at the church building—that’s not the Lord’s house, though some mistakenly refer to it that way—but rather in the church of God, among the family of God? Or, would they first think to look for us at work, on the golf course, in the stands among the fans rooting for our favorite team, at the weekly lunch-meeting of our community service club, or wherever?
The point is that people who know us, know what is important to us, where we spend our time, what dominates our conversations, and where our loyalties lie. If they were looking for me, would they know where I “must” be?