Luk 2:42 And when he was twelve years of age, they went up according to the custom of the feast.
Luk 2:43 And after the days were completed, while they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. And his parents were not aware.
Luk 2:44 since they believed him to be in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey on. Then they began searching for him among the relatives and acquaintances,
Luk 2:45 and after not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him.
Luk 2:46 And after three days this happened: they found him in the temple area, sitting in the middle of the teachers and listening to them and asking them things.
Luk 2:47 And everyone who heard him was amazed at the insight reflected in his answers.
finding Jesus among the teachers
They were people who had spent their entire lives studying and reflecting on the truths of God’s word, and Jesus respected that. He spent his time among them, asking questions, listening to the answers, and responding to their questions. When his parents looked for him, they did not expect to find him there, doing that.
Today’s society does not seem to expect to find him there either. They look for Jesus in an experience, or in an activity, or in a symbol — anything but a doctrine! So, many of us spend a long time looking for Jesus, like his parents did. If you dare, you can take a shortcut to finding Jesus. Just pick up your Bible and start reading. Go to church and listen to the teachers expound on the gospel. He is there. We just have to look in the right place.
LORD, give us the courage to seek Jesus among the teachers of the gospel.