Luke 2:44-45 44But they [Mary and Joseph], supposing him [Jesus] to have been in the company [caravan of friends and relatives], went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
In this scripture passage Jesus’ earthly parents were retracing their journey back to Jerusalem to literally find Jesus. They had to travel a day’s journey. A day’s journey is the ancient way of estimating distances. The caravan Jesus was supposed to be with would have traveled only 3- 8 miles on the return trip home when Mary and Joseph realized Jesus was not with them. Another ancient measure of a journey was “a Sabbath day’s journey or about only a mile. In Acts 1:12 after Jesus’ ascension the apostles had a Sabbath Day’s journey from the Mt. of Olives to Jerusalem where they would wait to experience Pentecost and their real journey to Jesus would begin.
Whether our personal journeys to find Jesus may be short or long, a mile or many miles, even if we have to retrace our steps as Mary and Joseph did, even if we think the journey has possibly come to an end or we must wait as did the apostles, the journey is never over. It may be short and sweet, or long and rocky, but it is worth making. Finding Jesus is a gift worth receiving.
When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way;
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey.
Hymn Writer ~ John H. Sammis, 1846-1919
Hymn Music ~ Daniel B. Towner, 1850-1919