The Way Back
Beginning at Verse 41. By this time Yeshua (Jesus) was already twelve and Passover Feasting for another year was complete. Mary and Joseph along with family and friends, a whole caravan of them, were now headed home to Nazareth. Toward the end of the day, as Joseph and Mary were making camp for the night, they realized Jesus was not with the group.
41 Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year for the Passover Feast.
42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, according to the custom of the Feast;
43 and as they were returning [to Nazareth], after spending the required number of days [at the Feast], the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem. Now His parents did not know this,
44 but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and traveled a day’s journey; and [then] they began searching [anxiously] for Him among their relatives and acquaintances.
45 When they did not find Him, they went back to Jerusalem looking for Him [everywhere].
46 Three days later they found Him in the [court of the] temple, sitting among the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. source
Can you imagine?! GOD the Father had entrusted His Only Son to them and they had lost Him! Mary and Joseph lost GOD!
(Have you ever lost sight of GOD? Yeah, Me too!)
I imagine both Mary and Joseph tore that road up back to Jerusalem. Her momma heart must have been in pieces (she had a lot of that, didn’t she?) as she and Joseph searched for Him for three long agonizing days. And finally, it dawned on them to go to the Temple. And there He was . . . just where He was supposed to be. GOD is always where He is supposed to be.
So, next time we leave GOD behind, let us quickly head back and He will be there waiting. He will have some questions for us, some instructions and perfect love all wrapped up in forgiveness.