Where is Jesus?

Where is Jesus?

Artwork © Cheri Bladholm

In this familiar story, we hear about Mary and Joseph spending three days looking for Jesus only to find him in the temple.

We might be tempted to say, well, of course he was there, like Jesus says to them. But how often do we look for Jesus in the wrong place?

Our human nature wants us to look for God in our own teachings, philosophy and rules. Our instinct is to seek the Law rather than glow in God’s mercy.

Thankfully, Jesus is easy to find. There is no temple in Jerusalem, since Jesus’ very body has replaced the temple. But He comes to us in His Word and in His body through the sacrament every time we gather together.

The sermon is based on this text from Luke 2,

40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. 43 And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44 but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” 49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

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Almighty God, heavenly Father, give us grace to trust You during this time of illness and distress. In mercy put an end to the pandemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who suffer, and comfort all that mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors, and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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