Summary: Favorite team. Favorite shirt. Favorite food. But a favorite Jesus? What if we miss Him because we don’t like Him?
My Favorite Jesus
Pt. 2 - The Teenagers Jesus
Having favorite things is not bad. We all have favorites. Favorite colors. Favorite cities. Favorite music. Favorite shows on TV. A favorite pair of jeans! And right or wrong, like Ricky Bobby most of us have a favorite Jesus too.
During Christmas our attention is turned towards what for many is their favorite version of Jesus. Through the trappings of lights, gifts, and all the commercialization we still seem to finally get our attention to the sweet, 8 lb. 6 oz, golden diaper, little bundle of baby God. There are lessons to learn from Infant Baby Jesus . . . Salvation is often hard to discern and at times even harder to accept. He teaches us ugly is the new beautiful. He teaches us that detours can be divine. However, Ricky Bobby’s smokin’ hot wife Carley demands that we remember that "He did grow up!" It is imperative for us to remember this because if we don’t we will find ourselves in the same place the religious leaders of Jesus’ day were in when in John 5:37 - "And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form,"
So again my question to you is "What is your favorite Jesus?" Are you willing to learn from the Jesus that doesn’t fit your "favorite" box?
41-45Every year Jesus’ parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up as they always did for the Feast. When it was over and they left for home, the child Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents didn’t know it. Thinking he was somewhere in the company of pilgrims, they journeyed for a whole day and then began looking for him among relatives and neighbors. When they didn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem looking for him.
46-48The next day they found him in the Temple seated among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. The teachers were all quite taken with him, impressed with the sharpness of his answers. But his parents were not impressed; they were upset and hurt.
His mother said, "Young man, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been half out of our minds looking for you."
49-50He said, "Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I had to be here, dealing with the things of my Father?" But they had no idea what he was talking about.
51-52So he went back to Nazareth with them, and lived obediently with them. His mother held these things dearly, deep within herself. And Jesus matured, growing up in both body and spirit, blessed by both God and people.
III. The Teenage Jesus Truths
This may be a harder concept than God becoming a baby. God as a teenager! At least a baby comes across as innocent and cute. But a teenager? Pimples, mouthy, voice changing . . . not exactly where most of us look to find our favorite Jesus!
A. Teenage Jesus teaches us that God will drive you crazy!
The infant baby Jesus couldn’t teach us this the way a teenage Jesus could! Those of you with a teenager or who have lived through having a teenager in your house know that this is the perfect Jesus to remind us that there will be days when Jesus and when God will drive us crazy!