My child is missing. Too many parents today experience the flood of grief that wrings their hearts out like a wet dish cloth. Sometimes they find the child asleep in the woods the next morning, but others only experience extreme loss.
In one case they looked for the child for three days. After a long trip, tired and weary, the child goes missing. Then the long search compounded the fatigue, questions, and anxiety. Lost, not in the woods with dozens of volunteers combing the area, but in a big city where they knew few people. They searched.
I can only imagine the tidal wave of emotions that hit them as they traveled back to look for their twelve-year-old. Surprised, Mary and Joseph finally found Jesus in the temple area sitting among the most prestigious theologians of the day discussing deep questions about God and faith.
First, all who heard this twelve-year-old expressed amazement. “And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers” (Luke 2:47). Second, Mary and Joseph dropped their jaws in astonishment. “And when his parents saw him, they were astonished” (Luke 2:48) Third, his mother’s distress broke through when she exclaimed, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress” (Luke 2:48b).
If the Bible was a fabrication of someone’s imagination, all of this would have been glossed over. But the raw, precise terms a physician like the writer Luke uses is evidence of the authenticity of the story.
Luke indicates Jesus knew exactly who he was even as a young boy. Jesus not only had an extremely high IQ but claimed even then to be the Son of God. Jesus replied to Mary, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49).
People today still respond to Jesus in amazement, astonishment, and distress. The question you must answer is, “Do you believe Jesus is a liar, lunatic, or Lord?” I confess with my whole heart, Jesus is Lord!
Come this Sunday to hear the rest of the story. I’m beginning a 5-part series: “Amazing Encounters with Jesus,” Young Jesus in the Temple is part 1.
The Classic service is in the Sanctuary at 9:00am. The Celebration service is in the Outreach Center at 10:30am. Visit www.BalboaBaptist.Church.