Luke 2:41-52, “41Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. 42When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. 43After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49″Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”
So it’s been awhile since Joseph and Mary had to flee for Jesus’ life. The baby boy had grown up into a fine example of a twelve-year-old child. Then something happened that no parent today would admit to – Jesus’ parents lost their son. Even worse than being turned around in a mall, he was gone for three whole days. Today that would be more than enough reason to get the authories invovled and put out an amber alert. While Joseph and Mary stopped by all their family and friends gathered for the Passover in Jerusalem, Jesus was in his father’s house teaching the teachers a thing or two. The Bible gives Jesus some privacy as he grows up, with no more tales of his adventures or even an idea of his daily life. It sort of makes me think that we don’t have a right to know everything about everybody. He did, however, remain obedient as he got older. Obedient to his parents on earth and to his Heavenly Father. Mary, as she had before, treasured all these things in her heart. I know that this episode isn’t really related to the nativity, but it points to an event that will happen in another twenty or so years, when Jesus was lost for another three days, nowhere to be found. That’s the whole point of his comming. First as the suffering servant, the sinless sacrifice, and finally coming again as the conquering king. We say that He is the reason for the season, it’s all about Him. But I like the creator of B.C.’s tracks the best, He is the gift – will you recieve Him?