As I listened to the video it reminded me of one of my favorite stories. It’s not a Christmas story but have a think about it.
Remember the story when Mary and Joseph went up to Jerusalem, Jesus was about twelve at the time, and he went with them. It was the biggest feast of the Jewish year, so I suppose it was their ‘kind of Christmas’ before Christmas came about.
Anyway, they had a good time and headed off home, each thought that Jesus was with the other, or maybe with a cousin in the group, but he wasn’t.
It took them three days to find Jesus at the temple! And what was he doing, he was asking questions! What questions was he asking?
As I listened to the song I couldn’t help wondering what kind of questions he would have asked, were they the same kind of questions that the boy was asking in the song?
All we are told in the story is that Jesus was there with the rabbis; he was asking questions and replying to the rabbis as they asked him questions.
Mary and Joseph were so relieved that they found him that all they remembered to tell Luke when he wrote the story down was that they were frustrated that he’d gone missing, I wonder if they regretted not remembering what the discussion was about?
Was it possible that what he was asking was “where’s the Messiah in all your celebrations?” did he see all the pomp and ceremony and wonder where God was in all of it?
Were the people in Jesus’ time so busy with celebrating the Passover that they too were missing the whole point of the story, so busy getting the food together and making sure that everything was perfect for that family time when they all get together and remember who they were and where they came from that they missed the point of what it was all about!
I loved the song because in all the busyness the singer sees a young boy, probably no older than Jesus would have been asking the question “where can I see Jesus?” yet when she turns to look for the boy, he’s not there, he’s gone.
“Santa clause gave us presents, but Jesus gave his life for me” I think that sums it up, Christmas is about so much more than family and presents, both of them are good and nice, but stopping there means you miss the whole point, it’s about the fact that God loves us so much that came into our world to rescue us.
Maybe the boy Jesus reminded the rabbis what Passover was about and maybe that’s what the song is about.