Luke 2:49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (NIV)
Watching my youngest kids snuggle with their grandparents on the couch reminds me of when I was around 6yrs old. My grandparents flew 4hrs, about once a year, mar to stay a month in winter. Being from New Zealand, the Aussie summer was too hot for them. The mild sunny afternoons with our legs swinging off the deck were a treat.
“Can I sit by you while you knit, Narny?” I said, soaking up as much time as I could with her. I just wanted to snuggle beside her as she worked. Sometimes she’d let me hold the yarn for her. It unraveled quickly with the clicking of her needles. I marveled at her fast fingers, always trying to figure out how her thread stayed together.
Her project reminds me of the circumstantial intricacies God lovingly weaves for His beloved children.
In today’s verse, 12yr old Jesus took the opportunity to spend time in His Father’s house while visiting Jerusalem. He sat ‘…among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.’ (Luke 2:46-47)
Jesus knew there’s no better place to be, than with His Father. Father, Son and Spirit lived in perfect unity from before creation. (John 1:1-3) His Father’s work was His passion – drawing people whom the Father draws. Discussing and teaching the deep things of God to bring understanding to the hearer was His work too.
Isn’t it amazing — His house is no longer a building or tabernacle, but our own bodies? To a non-believer this may sound blasphemous. Though Jesus spoke of this post-ressurrection time:
John 4:21,24 “… a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
His Holy Spirit is home in our hearts, because of Jesus’ blood that covers us. Yet He yearns with passion to return, with us – His treasured possession, to the Father in eternal dwelling. We consider in awe how He made us in His image to dwell with Him!
Squeezing in between my grandparents on the small love seat, was dear to me.
It’s tempting to feel bogged down in daily struggle. Do you feel God’s presence guiding and holding you, as He fills in every gap of weakness? We can be confident of His promise. God’s seal of His Holy Spirit brings such comfort, to know our eternal dwelling is at His bosom. His very Spirit yearns and groans for us. (Romans 8:26-27)
Dear Father, wrap us in Your tender love. We thank-You for promising eternity in Your house. Holy Spirit, yearn the unity of Your trinity, bringing us with You. Draw us daily, deeper into Your Word and Your presence in prayer. ~Amen.
Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
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