Three Days

This week we’re finishing up 2020 and the “Let us Adore Him” sermon series.

Who doesn’t love a good festival? Well, I suppose maybe I don’t because of the parking hassle, crowds, lines, primitive restrooms, etc., so let’s stipulate that I’m not the best example. Many people love a good festival, and even an introvert like me can enjoy the energy of such a celebratory environment if I can get over myself long enough to stop worrying about petty annoyances. Festivals can be chaotic fun (especially if there are funnel cakes).

When Jesus was twelve years old, Joseph and Mary took Him to Jerusalem on their annual trek to the Passover Festival. Taking the family to an annual festival is relatable to us even today. Also relatable is turning around in a crowd and experiencing a moment of panic when you realize your child is not where you thought he was. All of us parents have been there, and thankfully for most of us our kids show up almost immediately.

Upon discovering that Jesus was not in their traveling party, Joseph and Mary spent three days to eventually get what they so desperately wanted. Good news - after three long days, Jesus was found!

After three days, they found Him in the temple complex sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46 HCSB)

A few decades later, early one morning, a group of women were also looking for Jesus. Better news - after three long days, Jesus was NOT found!

They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They went in but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood by them in dazzling clothes. So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground.

“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” asked the men.
(Luke 24:2-5 HCSB)

At Christmas we love to sing out “O Come Let Us Adore Him” and think of the sweet baby Jesus lying in a manger in Bethlehem. Of course, He’s no longer there. But neither is He still lying somewhere in a tomb.

Why were you searching for Me?” He asked them. “Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49 HCSB)

Oh, come let us adore Him.

By Mark Stuart

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