Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Lost Child

Remember, Jesus had gotten separated from His parents and that evening they missed Him and the next day they spent searching for Him.  As they mingled with the worshipers in the temple, they heard a familiar voice, they could not mistake it, not other voice was like his, so serious and earnest, yet so full of melody.

In the school of the rabbis, they found Jesus  Rejoiced as they were, they could not forget their grief and anxiety.  When He was with them again, the mother said, in words that implied reproof, "Son, why hast Thou thus dealt with us?  Behold, Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing."

Jesus answer was, "How is it that ye sought Me?  Wist ye not that I must be about My Father's business?"  As they seemed not to understand His words, He pointed upward.  On His face was a light at which they wondered.  Divinity was flashing through humanity.  On finding Him in the temple, they had listened to what was passing between Him and the rabbis, and they were astonished at His questions and answers. His words started a train of thought that would never be forgotten.

And His question to them had a lesson too.  "Wist he not that I must be about My Father's business?"  Jesus was engaged in the work that He had come into this world to do; but Joseph and Mary had neglected theirs.  God had shown them high honor in committing to them His Son.  Holy angels had directed the course of Joseph in order to preserve the life of Jesus.  But for an entire day they had lost sight of Him whom they should not have forgotten for a moment.  And when their anxiety was relieved, they had not censured themselves, but had cast the blame upon Him.

It was natural for the parents of Jesus to look upon Him as their own child.  He was daily with them, His life in many respects was like that of other children, and it was difficult for them to realize that He was the Son of God.  They were in danger of failing to appreciate the blessing granted them in the presence of the world's Redeemer.  The grief of their separation from Him, and the gentle reproof which His words conveyed, were designed to impress them with the sacredness of their trust.

In the answer to His mother, Jesus showed for the first time that He  understood His relation to God.  Before His birth the angel had said to Mary, "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever." Luke 1:32,33.

If Joseph and Mary had stayed their minds upon God by meditation and prayer, they would have realized the sacredness of their trust, and would not have lost sight of Jesus.  By one day's neglect they lost the Savior; but it cost them three days of anxious search to find Him.  So with us; by idle talk, evil speaking or neglect of prayer, we may in one day lose the Savior's presence, and it may take many days of sorrowful search to find Him, and regain the peace that we have lost.

(Have you had that experience, I have and it is a horrible feeling and takes a considerable amount of prayer and study to get back that close relationship again.  Not because He is hard to reach but because our carnal hearts are hard hearted at times and it makes it difficult for us to regain what we have lost.  I don't like that feeling and try not to enter into anything that would cause me to lose my close walk with God.  How about you?  Can you relate to that too.  I'm pretty sure that all of us have had experiences like that and would rather not go through it again.  May God help us not to lose track of His dear Son in our daily lives.  Grandma Joan.  Thoughts taken from Chapter 8 of the The Desire of Ages.  If you like the thoughts from the readings from this book, you may obtain it by clicking on the icon Amazing facts and request it from them.  It is a wonderful book on the life of Christ.

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