Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 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 group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking them questions.
Jesus wasn’t an infant for long. It was time for Mary and Joseph to prepare Jesus to become a “son of commandment” (bar mitzvah). At that age young boys were obligated to observe the religious practices personally. So, Jesus made the trip for Passover. Two decades later he would make the trip again, one last time, giving his life on the cross.
We have spent this last year praying through the Bible. We have said that prayer is simply talking with God. What a privilege! My prayer is that through these past months we have come to know the Father in a deeper and more meaningful way.
Our journey has not been primarily to gain more knowledge but to change our hearts. Our desire has been to:
Know Jesus more intimately
Love Jesus more passionately
Follow Jesus wholeheartedly
Talking to God
Father, that is my desire as I end one year and begin another. Help me start fresh with a deep commitment to follow hard after you through the great joys and challenges that a new year will bring. Thank you for your blessings over this past year. And thank you that regardless of the challenges and obstacles ahead—I know that you will be with me each step of the way. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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