Bible stories can be viewed in many ways, teach many lessons

Inner change and outer action

When Mary and Joseph returned from Jerusalem after the feast of the Passover, twelve-year-old Jesus stayed in the city without their knowledge. See Luke 2:41–49; The Bible tells us: "But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance."

Where did they look for him? In the company. And what a colorful, noisy caravan this must have been! In addition to animals, the milling crowd probably included entertainers, vendors of goods, as well as the various pilgrims in their distinctive dress. And there Mary and Joseph were looking for Jesus, the human representative of Christ. Did they find him there?

Be a "have," not a "have-not"
April 28, 1980

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