January 02, 2019

Finding Jesus

Luke 2:41-52

They began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.

—  Luke 2:44-45

One of the first stories about Jesus takes place when he and Joseph and Mary are visiting Jerusalem with some other families for the Feast of Passover. Mary and Joseph must have been frantic when they realized Jesus was missing. At first it is easy to think that your child is with other friends in the crowd, but then you realize you don’t hear his laughter or see him anywhere near. The search began in earnest, and they had to travel back to Jerusalem to find him.

When they found Jesus in the temple, he was perfectly fine. In fact, he was astonishing people with his questions and answers. And he was a little surprised that his parents were so upset. Having had the experience years ago of losing our son for a few hours helps me understand the feelings of Mary and Joseph. So, of course, when they realized Jesus wasn’t there, they went searching for him.

That reminds me of something I often hear in mission con­ver­sations today: “Find where God is at work, and join him.”

I wonder if we get so busy doing life that we sometimes stop experiencing God’s presence and his interruptions. Perhaps the beginning of a new year is a good time to search out where Jesus is and to join him in conversation and in the important work he is doing. Where do you see Jesus at work?

Dear Jesus, at the start of this new year, help us find you and walk the journey of life with you. Help us to listen to you and follow you. Thanks for being here with us. Amen.

About the author — Beth Fellinger

Beth Fellinger is the pastor of Destination Church in St. Thomas, Ontario. She and her husband have been involved in ministry in large urban centers and small rural communities. Beth has served in three church plants and a church rebirth as well as in established churches. She loves her children, their spouses, and grandchildren. She is a cancer survivor twice over and celebrates life every day. She believes strongly in the local church and what a church committed to Christ, missions, and its community can accomplish. She has an enthusiastic vision of how the church can reach out and share the good news of Jesus with others.

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