DON’T LOSE JESUS IN THE CROWD

Bible Reading: Luke 2:41-52

Mary and Joseph were faithful and sought to honour God by going to the Feast of the Passover in Jerusalem every year. At the age of twelve a Jewish boy became a “son of the Law” and began to observe the requirements of the Law. Thus at twelve years of age Jesus went to Jerusalem with His parents. The Passover was the opening day of the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread [Leviticus 23:5-6].

Villagers who made this pilgrimage to Jerusalem usually travelled in caravans, with the women and children in the front. Each parent would have thought that Jesus was with the other parent or with friends and neighbours. They had travelled a day’s journey or about twenty miles before they realized that Jesus was missing!

Returning to Jerusalem, it took them three days to find Jesus. He was in the temple listening to and asking the teachers questions. His understanding astonished everyone, and when his parents rebuked Him the response of Jesus was amazing. “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Even at the age of twelve years Jesus was already showing signs of remarkable spiritual understanding.

The real issue today is losing Jesus in the crowd. It is so easy to crowd Jesus out of our lives and to lose touch with Him. We might even think that we are walking with Him but somehow other things have occupied the place that only He should have in our lives. In the words of Amy Carmichael, of Dohnavur:

 

“From subtle love of softening things,
From easy choices, weakenings,
(Not thus are spirits fortified,
Not this way went the Crucified),
From all that dims Thy Calvary,
O Lamb of God, deliver me.”

Questions:

Jesus has promised never to leave us but sometimes we lose intimate sense of His presence. What are the things that cause us to lose that intimacy with Him?

Why do you thing that David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, o God…. Do not cast me away from Your presence…. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,” in Psalm 51:10-12. Do you need to pray this same prayer?

What do you think is the meaning of the words, “easy choices, weakenings” in the verse of the poem by Amy Carmichael?