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“Jesus Lost”

Categories: Author: Paul Earnhart, Jesus, Parenting

Jesus Lost

By Paul Earnhart

When Jesus was twelve years old, His parents took him to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast.  These journeys to Jerusalem must have been festive occasions.  All devout Jews made the journey.  A large company would set out from each village - friends, acquaintances and families travelling together, walking along the road visiting as they went.  It is easy to imagine older people walking together while the younger folks and children walked with those their own age.

After spending perhaps a week in Jerusalem, the people began the long walk back to Nazareth.  Historians tell us that it was common for worshipers as they were leaving Jerusalem to make one more visit to the temple.  And it is likely that the 12-year-old Jesus became so deeply interested in what was going on there that He did not even know when His parents left.  Luke 2:43 tells us that the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents were unaware of it.  And verse 44 tells us that they did not even miss Him until nightfall.  When they finally found Jesus back in Jerusalem three days later, they asked, "Son, why have You treated us this way?" (Luke 2:48)  But the problem was not with Jesus, it was with them.

Why was Jesus lost?  It was not that He was rebellious; it was not that His parents were wicked or selfish.  Rather, they were careless; Luke 2:44 tells us that they supposed He was with their relatives and friends.

Millions of children are being lost today - spiritually.  It is not that they are rebellious, or necessarily that their parents are wicked or selfish.  It is just that parents are careless about the religious training of their children.  Perhaps they think that someone else is taking care of that - maybe friends or acquaintances.  But that responsibility is placed directly on parents, and they cannot escape it.  Eph 6:4 says to parents: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”