January 2, 2022 SUMC 9am Worship Service

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Jan. 02, 2022

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"Looking for Jesus"

Luke 2:41-52

I. Introduction

    A. First Sunday in the New Year

    B. Methodist Celebrations

        1. Covenant Renewal Service

        2. New Year's Day

        3. Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

New Revised Standard Version

21 After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Luke 2:21 (NRSV)

II. Two Recent Discoveries of Ancient Writings

    A. Dead Sea Scrolls (Qumran)

    B. Nag Hammadi (Egypt)

III. Luke 2:41-52 ― Only story about Jesus between infancy and adulthood

    A. Mary and Joseph failed to see their baby was growing up.

41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43 When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. (Luke 2:41-43)

    B. Jesus answers, "Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be about my     Father's business?

49 He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?  (Luke 2:49)

    C. Mary asks, "Why have you treated us like this?"

48 When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” (Luke 2:48)

        1. Good News: Like Mary and Joseph, our search for Jesus has ended.

        2. Here's the scary part: We don't find Jesus where we expect!

        3. Mary and Joseph found Jesus among the Teachers of the Law.

45 When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

(Luke 2:45-46)

IV. Mary and Joseph find Jesus alive and well after three days in a place they did not expect. This sounds like Easter, the week after Christmas!

    A. Jesus, alive and raised on the third day to a new Temple, Jesus' resurrected body.

    B. Our searching comes to an end in new life, not in the life we expect.

    C. But that's Easter. For now, Jesus returns to Nazareth with them. 

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor. (Luke 2:52)

V. Conclusion

    The Good News for every  child of God, no matter what age: we grow in wisdom and understanding.