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Reading: Luke 2: 41-52

Verse 49: “Why didn’t you know I would be in my Father’s house”?

The Passover pilgrimage is one of those yearly traditions for Mary and Joseph and family. Every year pick up cousin so and so in this place and then add in uncle so and so in that place along the route to Jerusalem. The caravan grows as it makes its way to the city. Yes, there have been changes – someone had a baby and someone has passed on. By 12 or 13 Jesus has gotten the pattern down quite well. It is no wonder that Mary and Joseph assume Jesus is somewhere in the caravan as they head home. After all, they did tell him that they were leaving that morning at 9.

In our passage Jesus appears to be disobeying Mary and Joseph. Instead of leaving Jerusalem He goes to the temple. In a foreshadowing of what it to come, Jesus amazes the teachers and religious leaders with His answers and understanding. But apparently the temple is not the first place Mary and Joseph thought of to look for Jesus. After three days of searching, they find Him. In response to Mary’s question about treating them this way, Jesus says, “Why didn’t you know I would be in my Father’s house”? Of course – where else would He be? For now, Mary and Joseph do not understand what Jesus is saying.

In His Jewish upbringing Jesus would have seen the temple as the place where God dwells. At 12 or 13 this is a logical frame of understanding. To us it makes sense as well. In our worship and in times when we want to be alone with God, we too feel connected to God in the sanctuary or chapel. As Jesus grows, however, His understanding of where we meet God expands greatly. It is along the road, in the house, on the mountain, by the lake, beside the well, and about anywhere else you can name. Jesus does spend some ministry time in the temple, but the vast majority of His ministry is spent outside in the world. This puzzled the religious leaders of the day and it continues to puzzle many today. But the unquestionable reality is that Jesus Christ found the least, lost, and last outside of the temple, in everyday life. That is where we will find them too. So may we go out today to share the light and love of Jesus Christ with the world.

Prayer: Lord, unbusy me. Help me to get outside the walls more and more. Help me to be better at doing your work in the world. Amen.

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  1. WHAT I ALWAYS LOVE, WAS TO GO INTO THE HOUSE OF GOD, AND SIT AND PRAY BEFORE THE DOORS WHERE OPEN FOR OTHERS TO COME IN.
    I WALK IN ,AFTER USING THE KEY NUMBERS AT DOOR AND WALK IN AND THE POWER OF GODS SPIRIT WOULD HIT ME , I SMILE GOOD MORNING TO MY LORD AS I , PUSH IN THE RIGHT NUMBERS ON KEY PAD, SO THE POLICE WOULDNT SHOW UP,
    I SAT AND JUST LISTEN TO THE QUITE AND STILLNESS OF THE AIR AROUND ME, I OPEN MY MIND AND HEART TO HEAR ANYTHING THE LORD WAS TO SHARE.

    THEN I THANK HIM FOR BEING ABLE TO WALK TO HIS HOUSE, AND TOLD HIM WHAT I WAS ABOUT TO DO IN HIS HOUSE TO GET THE CHURCH READY I WAS DOING FOR HIM, ..
    I LOVED THAT TIME..
    PEOPLE NEED TO REMEMBER, WHAT YOU DO FOR GOD, YOU NOT DOING IT BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE IN CHURCH , WHO YOU CARE FOR, AS THE CHURCH IS A HOLY PLACE, IT IS GODS PLACE,

    GOD SPIRIT FLOWS ALL AROUNBD IN EACH ROOM, IT HOLY , PRECIOUS, YOU SHOULD CLEAN IT FOR GOD, COME TOGETHER , ,PUT GOD IN YOUR HEARTS LET HIM FILL YOU WITH HIS LOVE,
    YOU DONT GO TO CHURCH TO LOOK UP AT OTHER PEOPLE OR TO HONOR OTHER PEOPLE,
    YOU GO TO CHURCH TO HONOR GOD, AS GOD IS HOLY, HOLY IS HE, BY THIS WE ALSO SHOW OUR RESPECT..
    SOON A NEW YEAR WILL BEGIN.
    I WILL TRY TO SPEND MORE TIM WITH OUR LORD, EVEN IF JUST IN MY CHAIR READING
    MY BIBLE, I WILL SPEND MORE TIME TO LISTEN. . HAPPY NEW YEAR AND GOD BLESS OUR LORD..

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