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#22 Losing Jesus

The events of this story make it easy to see what kind of child Jesus was.

I doubt that Mary and Joseph were negligent parents, but how could they not notice that Jesus wasn’t with them? They obviously didn’t worry about him sneaking off, or getting distracted and wandering away. It almost sounds like they took him for granted, until needed.

Caught up in the excitement and the company of the people, quite probably rushing to leave, they don’t realize that Jesus has stayed behind. They trust him; he has never given them cause to worry, and they assume he is with the other kids.

When they begin to set up camp that evening, he isn’t there helping as usual, and they begin looking for him.

Imagine how they berate themselves, and perhaps each other, for not noticing, not checking, for assuming he would take care of himself.

Evil whisperings from the dark side remind them of how Herod had tried to kill him as an infant. Loaded with guilt and fear they turn back to Jerusalem.

Praying, they retrace a whole days steps, much of it in the dark. Poor parents! I don’t suppose they sleep much that night or the next.

Through inattention they lose Jesus in one day, and it takes three days of anxious searching to find him again.

That can happen to us as well; discouragement comes from not noticing Jesus’ absence, not desiring God’s presence. Angels can’t stay where they’re not wanted.

Luke 2:43-45

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