And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the company they went a day’s journey, and they sought him among their kinsfold and acquaintances and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
Thought for the Day: Remember the life of Jesus
“I have never heard that song before”, and “I have listened to that song before but never thought about the words” were comments I heard after I sang one of my favorite songs for a program last evening. Steven Curtis Chapman captures the “real” life of Jesus in his song, “This Baby”. The words share little things about Jesus’ life as a baby, youth, and grown up man. It has been a while since I have sung the song, but I realized as I was rehearsing it that the words make even more sense now. The last time I sang the song, my oldest child was a baby so the first verse spoke to me. “Well he cried when he was hungry, did all the things that babies do. He rocked and he napped on his mother’s lap, and he wiggled and giggled and cooed. There were the cheers when he took his first steps and the tears when he got his first teeth. Almost everything about this little baby seemed as natural as it could be.” Every word shared in that song was where I have been with both of my boys so singing those words is special. Now, as my oldest is now thirteen, the second verse made more sense as it is where we are living with him right now. “This baby grew into a young boy, he learned to read and write and wrestle with Dad. There was the climbin’ of trees and the scrapin’ of knees and all the fun that a boy’s born to have. He grew taller and some things started changing, like his complexion and the sound of his voice. There was the work to be done as a carpenter’s son, and all the neighbors said, ‘He’s such a fine boy’.” As I rehearsed and then sang later, this verse touched me the most. As I look at my child and see the young man he is becoming right before my eyes, I realize that his young man is now several inches taller than me and that in ten years, he will probably be graduating from college. I, in a small way, am experiencing what Mary and Joseph did as I am watching a child grow into a young man. But Jesus, God’s son, our Savior was that baby born of Mary. He made the angel’s sing, made a new Star shine in the sky, and came to save the world. The shepherds, wisemen, and people for over two-thousand years have fallen on their knees to worship Him. That precious baby, that grew in stature as our children grow today, was Jesus.
Today, as we find ourselves closer to Christmas, the words and music to this song will live in me. Each year we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Each year we look at the pictures of Jesus lying in a manger. Today, let’s look at things differently and remember how he lived and that he came to earth to learn and grow, just like our children. Today, I share three links. First, the sermon about Mary offered by our Pastor Jonathan Andersen two Sunday’s ago. Second, the sermon about Joseph offered by our Pastor Mark Westmoreland this past Sunday. Both sermons put the lives of Mary and Joseph in perspective in ways I had not pondered before. The last link is to the video of “This Baby”.
Sermon – Pastor Jonathan Andersen – https://vimeo.com/194280896
Sermon – Pastor Mark Westmoreland – https://vimeo.com/195371745
“This Baby” – Steven Curtis Chapman – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlxFaHBbizA
Prayer: Jesus, our Lord! We praise You today as You are our Lord and Savior! Thank you for pastors and writers who bring us to a better understanding of how Mary and Joseph must have experienced you as a baby. You were a baby, youth, young man, and then our precious Jesus who hung on that cross to save us. We love you, precious Jesus. Amen.
Prayer Focus: The Life of Jesus