Summary: Second message in a series on the Gospel of Luke. Mary & Joseph discovered that their son Jesus was missing. What would you do if you discovered that Jesus was missing in your life?
The Gospel of Luke
Today is our second message in a series on the Gospel of Luke
The word “gospel” literally means “good news”
So, you could say that this series is about “The good news of Luke”
What exactly is this good news?
Simply put, it’s the life story of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most influential person who has ever existed
Even if you’re not a Christian, or even a particularly religious person, you cannot deny this fact
No one life has affected the whole of humanity more than Jesus Christ
Since He has affected the world so deeply you would think that all of us would know a lot about Him, but unfortunately that is not true
Many claim to know about Jesus, but in reality few people really do
The Gospel of Luke details the events of Jesus’ life from His birth to His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection
But why did I pick Luke?
There are 4 Gospel’s in the New Testament, all presenting the life of Jesus in a unique way
What makes Luke stand out?
There are a couple of things –
Luke is the longest book in the New Testament
Luke is written by a Gentile to a Gentile audience
Since the vast majority of us listening to this message are Gentiles I think it’s very appropriate that we study this Gospel
And finally, because Luke is my favorite Gospel
A bit of trivia before we start – did you know that Christ is not Jesus’ last name?
The word Christ literally means “anointed one,” so when we say “Jesus Christ” we are literally saying “Jesus, the anointed One”
Let’s jump right into the life story of this anointed One
Last week, being Christmas, we talked about the birth of Jesus
Unfortunately, virtually nothing is mentioned about the life of Jesus between His birth and the beginning of His ministry somewhere around the age of 30
I’m not exactly sure why this is the case, but apparently God had His reasons
We do, however, have one story from the childhood of Jesus
If you have your Bibles turn with me to Luke chapter 2
Luke 2:41-52 Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. 43 After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you." 49 "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?" 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them. 51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Pretty interesting story! Let’s take a look at what’s happening
This passage opens up stating that every year Joseph & Mary went to Jerusalem for the Passover feast
This was not an unusual thing for most Jews in this era, and in fact was something that Jews were required to do if able
It was during the Passover celebration that they were to offer their annual sacrifice for sin, so being a Godly family the fact that Joseph and Mary did this every year does not surprise me
We are told that this particular event took place when Jesus was 12 – I don’t know if there’s anything significant about the age or not
Apparently this Passover celebration went along as expected because we don’t hear anything unusual about it
It was on their journey home that Mary and Joseph experience something that no parent wants to experience –
43 After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.