What I’m Thinking: Merry Christmas

People spend an awful lot of time in the second chapter of Luke looking for Jesus. They rejoice when they find him.

Here’s a transcript:

I’m thinking about a good portion of the second chapter of Luke’s Gospel (Luke 2:1-20, 41-52). Between Christmas Eve (worship is at 7 PM live streamed at holycrosshilo.com) and the first Sunday after Christmas (live streamed at 10 AM at holycrosshilo.com), we’ll be reading a fair amount of the second chapter of Luke. Some of that, of course, will be the nativity stories from early in the chapter. We’ll also read the story about Jesus sitting at the age of twelve with the experts – the teachers and the lawyers and the priests – in the temple, and they found that they still had a good deal to learn from a twelve-year-old.

What strikes me about this chapter in Luke is how much time people spend looking for Jesus. I mean, there in the nativity, Mary and Joseph weren’t precisely looking for him, but the experience of birth is one of great expectation and hope that things will pass quickly and well. And then of course you find the shepherds coming down out of the hills and searching for the right stable with a child in a manger.

In portions of Luke 2 that we won’t actually be reading on either Christmas Eve or on Sunday we find Simeon and Anna, both of them looking for God’s promised Messiah and finding him when Mary and Joseph bring the infant Jesus to Jerusalem for his first blessing. And then, of course, while Jesus was speaking with the teachers and the experts in the Temple, his parents were feverishly searching for him, spending three days at it.

And, Luke repeats quite a number of times, Mary treasured these things in her heart.

I know it’s busy. I know that with COVID numbers rising again the busyness is compounded with anxiety, with fear, for some perhaps braggadocio or folly. In the midst of it, though, can you make some space in your spirit to search for Jesus? The remarkable thing about what happens to people who search for Jesus in the second chapter of Luke is that they found him. Mary and Joseph found him in his birth. The shepherds managed to find the right stable. Anna and Simeon, after many years, found him at the gates of Jerusalem. And Mary and Joseph found him in what he, with twelve-year-old pride, pronounced his father’s house.

That is my wish for you as this Christmas holiday comes to us. Search for Jesus because when you search for Jesus you find him.

Merry Christmas! Mele Kalikimaka!

That’s what I’m thinking. I’m curious to hear what you’re thinking. Leave me your thoughts in the comment section below; I’d love to hear from you.

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