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Has Anyone Seen Our Son?
by Wayne Blank
"Thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing"
The family had traveled down in a group from Nazareth to Jerusalem for the Passover. Upon the return trip, they assumed that Jesus was among "their kinsfolk and acquaintance." Jesus was only twelve, but was "strong in spirit, filled with wisdom." He was still a child, but not childish, so it was not irresponsible for Joseph and Mary to assume that He was not among them. He may have ridden down with cousins or uncles and His parents may have simply assumed that He did the same for the return. For His part, Jesus was not disobedient to them; He was simply doing what He obviously by then knew what He was born to do. He was both the Son of God and the son of man; He was as much at home in Jerusalem (see the Fact Finder question below) as He was in Nazareth.
Nevertheless, for five days (they had traveled a day's journey from Jerusalem before they realized that Jesus was not among them, then a day to return to Jerusalem, and then 3 more days before He was found in the Temple where He apparently was the whole time) Joseph and Mary were no doubt stricken with grief and panic.
"And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him."
Ironically, about 20 years later, the by then widowed Mary would again lose her son in Jerusalem at Passover - when He was crucified.