For the Cross

Jesus In The Temple

Craig Walker
January 6, 2019

“Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Luke 2:41-49

Jesus had a love for the Temple (the house of His Father).  

This is how all of us should prioritize our lives before God.

Those who truly love God, love His Presence, His House, and His people.

Now Jesus is reunited in heaven with His Father, but he desires to be united with us.

David was a man after God’s own heart because he too loved his temple, His Presence.

“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. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Psalm 27:4-8

An intellectual belief in Jesus is not enough!

The issue is what will sustain your commitment?

When we say we are living for Him and are doing so out of our willpower we are the most miserable!

We need to protect the Presence of God in our lives.

“My eyes will be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in the way of integrity shall minister to me. 7No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who tells lies shall stand in my presence.” Psalm 101-6-7

Ways we protect His Presence:

1. Reading the Word

2. Prayer/Worship

3. Serving others

4. Giving

5. Fasting

We have a tendency to hide from God, but we need to run back to His Presence.

God makes this promise to those who will live in and protect His Presence in their lives.

“Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:9-11
“And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment." John 3:36