Pinnacle Presbyterian Church

Daily Devotions

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  John 8:42-47
Why do you not understand what I am saying?

Written by  |  Kelly McGinn, Fran Park Center Administrator

Listening for God is an important life skill, and God is not silent. We live in a noisy culture that often speaks in ways that are contrary to God’s voice. It can be difficult to hear God if we are more in tune with the voice of this world. It’s almost every day that we wake with a check of the phone, pouring a cup of coffee with the news on, listen to the radio on the way to work or school and then back in front of a screen until the same situation happens in the evening.  All day there is noise!

“Why do you not hear or understand what I am saying?” John 8:43.  How can we hear what He is saying with so much noise?   
Do we need to make an appointment with silence? Breathe and take a moment to listen… look around and really hear what He is saying.  As we listen for God, we will be more in tune with His leading in our lives.

God speaks to us in many ways. He speaks through creation, giving testimony to His faithfulness and creativity. He speaks through His Word, where we come to understand His salvation and purpose for us. He speaks through wise mentors in our lives. He speaks through life situations, opening and closing doors. God speaks by equipping us with gifts and passions to use for service in His kingdom.

Prayer: Lord, make us people who are in tune with Your voice. Help us to drown out the noise that can swallow us whole if we let it.  Let us seek Your leading throughout our life by genuinely listening to Your voice. Equip us to follow Your direction, we pray. In Jesus’ name, Amen.



Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  John 8:1-11
Woman, where are they, has no one condemned you?

Written by  |  Lea Reinke, Business Administrator

“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” As one reads the verses of John 8:3-11, none of those gathered condemned her. Neither did Jesus, the only one without sin and qualified to do so. I wonder, however, was Jesus’ second question only referring to the crowd who had dispersed, or was it also directed towards her? Could He have meant do you condemn yourself as well?

I don’t know what specifically she did or if she was an unwitting player in the Pharisees’ test of Jesus. I do know she was a sinner, just like the rest of us…just like me.

I have my own moments of self-condemnation over events in my life that didn’t go as I had hoped or intended. There are times when the “would have, could have, should haves” haunt me. Regrets. I can so easily tell others to forgive themselves and move forward, but I very often don’t give myself that same permission. Does Jesus really want me to do that?

In this season of Lent, I am reminded of the gift of God’s grace, enabling my redemption. In the Gospel of John, Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.” He answered my question and gave me a plan to move forward: acknowledge your shortcomings, forgive yourself as your Father in Heaven forgives you and do better.

Prayer: Dear Savior, in Your forgiveness, I find my own. Amen.

Monday, March 19, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  John 7:14-24
Why are you trying to kill me?

Written by  |  Scott Fischer, Minister for Administration

….Why were THEY trying to kill Jesus? ….Why do WE sometimes resist or fight against what will ultimately benefit us? ….Why do we sometimes criticize or blame others while ignoring our own shortcomings and failures?

I was pondering today’s text from John 7 during a Calvin College January Series presentation by Jeremy McCarter, co-author of Hamilton: the Revolution when the other questions above ran across my mind. McCarter shared the story of the widely-acclaimed Broadway show Hamilton: the Musical. Alexander Hamilton, the illegitimate son of a Scottish immigrant father and a British West Indian mother, was treated as an outsider/immigrant/an upstart. Indeed, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson never tired of calling him a Creole bastard.  In spite of the criticism and attacks hailed against Hamilton, he had become convinced of the importance of unity, that they needed each other in the struggle for independence!  From our nation’s beginnings, leaders like Hamilton knew that strength can be found only in unity. Ironically, Hamilton, himself was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr, then V.P. of the United States. While Hamilton, his life and the musical, may give us something to ponder, maybe something profound for our day, I’d like to end this reflection with the words of Jesus: “Why are you trying to kill me (for breaking the law in your eyes, when you break God’s law continually?” Jesus encourages us to work on perfecting ourselves rather than finding fault in others: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3

Jesus made it clear that WE NEED EACH other when on the night He was betrayed He prayed “May they (we) be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me”. (John 17:23b) During this Lenten journey, let us “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame...” (Hebrews 12:2)

Prayer: Lord, help us “forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead, to press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  (Phil. 3:13b-14)

Sunday, March 18, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  John 6:1-15
Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?

Written by  |  Eloise Rank, Confirmand

At the time of this story, Jesus had already performed miracles, and He performed another.  There was a large crowd of about five thousand to see Jesus perform another miracle.  They were hungry, and so Jesus looked to provide, and with a plan in mind, He asked Philip, a man from the area, how they should go about feeding them.  Philip replied, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite”, not thinking that Jesus would provide.  A young boy brought his basket of a few fish and bread, which Jesus blessed, and shared with everyone, and everyone had enough to be full.  This miracle fed the people physically and also spiritually.  The disciples may have doubted him, but Jesus once again fulfilled the people’s needs.  He provided to them, and it’s important to remember He will take care of me too.

Prayer: Jesus, help me to remember to ask You for what I need.  Give me wisdom to believe that You will provide.  Thank You for the gifts You give me.  Amen.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Scripture Reading  |  John 5:31-47
How is it that you seek praise from one another
and not seek the praise that comes from God?

Written by  |  Suzanne Mitchell, Graphic Design Assistant

Seeking praise from one another is easy. It gives us instant gratification. It’s tangible. We tend to seek praise from others because we crave their approval. And when we get it, we can see it instantly. But seeking praise from God is a much harder thing for us to do sometimes. Seeking praise from God doesn’t usually give us that tangible, instant gratification. It doesn’t give us our fifteen minutes of fame that we so desperately feel we deserve when we’ve done something well.

Seeking constant approval from others also means that we tend to tone down our influence of Christ in our lives when we’re around different crowds of people to ensure we keep their approval. And when we live our lives, seeking praise from anyone else besides God, we are able to live how we feel we should live, instead of how God says we should live.  But this isn’t what Jesus wanted. He says “Let your light shine before men so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) What we all need to realize is that when God is our primary focus, we can handle other’s approval - or lack thereof - the right way. We can be more like Paul when he says “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.” (Philippians 4:11-12) And when we live, with God as our primary focus, the need for the approval of others quickly fades and the desire to seek praise from God and live our lives in ways that give glory to God becomes second nature. And this is exactly where we should be, living a life a that glorifies God.

Prayer: Lord, help me to focus on You and give You praise throughout my day. Amen.


Friday, March 16, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  John 5:1-15
Do you want to be well?  

Written by  |  Susan Forrest, Elder - Worship, Music and the Arts

In John 5:1-18, Jesus heals a lame man who has been an invalid for 38 years.  This man has no hope of being healed.  No one will help the man into the pool when the water is stirred.  Because he is repeatedly shunned, he has lost all desire to help himself.  Jesus physically heals the man and commands him to turn away from sinning.  Through God’s forgiveness, he receives the gift of spiritual healing.  

Last year I spent a considerable amount of time reflecting on my own spiritual journey.  Am I well with the Lord?  Is the cacophony of everyday responsibilities distracting me from His calling?  How can I use my experience to minister effectively to people who are hurting?  Am I bringing the story of His unconditional love, forgiveness, and eternal life to the marginalized? Sometimes His calling takes the form of a gentle nudge, sometimes a compelling push.  When I was recently asked to volunteer with young victims of sex trafficking, I was extremely hesitant to accept the position.  I felt totally out of my depth.  This commitment was very different from volunteering with our PPC kids at Vacation Bible School or the Youth Mission Rummage Sale.
While my own childhood was tumultuous, I had the love of my heavenly and earthly fathers, as well as a group of amazing church women.  The first time I looked into the eyes of these trafficked girls, some as young as eleven, I saw shame, desperation, pain, doubt, fear, anger, attitude, fatigue, and sorrow.  When they looked into my eyes, I pray they saw love, hope, acceptance, and resilience.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we ask for courage to serve in areas of greatest need.  Please quiet our doubts, knowing You will equip us to say and do all that is necessary.  Amen.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  John 3:1-21
If I tell you about earthly things and you will not believe,
how will you believe when I tell you of heavenly things?

Written by  |  Beth Harmon, Deacon - Hospitality

I am full of questions. I want answers. Things don’t always make sense. I trusted someone and they let me down. I work hard but it didn’t turn out right. Our country and our lives are in so much conflict. Peace seems to be impossible. I need Your help. I want to understand and believe there is hope for me, for us. I know You are love. Thank You for all the stories You have given me and all the ways You have shown Your love. I do believe that “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1. I have felt Your loving arms surrounding and supporting me.  Even though I do not understand many things, You have told me to have faith and to trust in You. I do and I will. Help me to show Your love and compassion to others so they may see, through me, a glimpse of heaven on earth and Your promise of the glory of heaven and the beauty of Your unending love.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for the love and grace You give so freely. Please give me the strength, hope, courage and wisdom to live in this world. Allow Your light to shine through me. Thank You for the hunger in my heart that keeps me constantly searching for a stronger relationship with You. In all these things I give glory to You, my strength and my redeemer. Amen.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  Mark 4:21-25
Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or
under a bed rather than on a lamp stand?

Written by  |  Warren Lasater, Confirmand

Dear God,
Hear me out about Mark 4:21.  Jesus claims that He is the light that the world needs.  The “lamp” or “light” means many things to me and has many examples in the Bible.

First we are told of a great “light” in the night sky that will lead us to the birthplace of our little boy king, our Savior, “Jesus”. This is a great example of the light on a stand being shone to share and lead us. The kings, animals and common people flocked to the birth of the boy king.

Another good example of the “light” on a stand is where Jesus stands up among His many followers for His teachings, stories and parables.  We know in his teachings that Jesus is showing us the many ways we should live our lives to serve God and to show others how to as well.

All of this leads me to think that we can use this light to fix many of the problems of this world. All of Your children could use the light to help make the world better. For example, I believe that we can use the light given to us in order to tackle personal problems that some people keep hidden.  It is my belief that we can use the light to brighten all of the dark feelings that some of Your children have. All people through the light will have the gift of happiness given to them by You, the heavenly father. Your follower in faith.

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for the light that You gave us. I will share it with everyone. In Your son’s name I pray. Amen.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Scripture Reading  |  Luke 16:1-15
If therefore you are not trustworthy with worldly wealth,
who will trust you with true wealth?

Written by  |  Bryce Fitzgerald, Confirmand

This is a question that asks you to consider what your true commitment to God means. I believe the message teaches the reader that it is easy to get preoccupied with obtaining irrelevant
objects and possessions, and that God and our faith are our true riches. It is important to remember that God wants us to be mindful of what we have, to be thankful, and to provide and aide others with our belongings and gifts. We should not squander and put money
and objects before our faith in God. God’s message is for us to understand the importance of honesty, integrity and faithfulness, and that our riches really lie within our spiritual understanding, wealth and wisdom of his word. Ultimately, our riches come from our rich faith toward God, in Christ and His promise, not in what you can purchase, own or obtain.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for Your gifts of love, joy, peace, and happiness. Thank You for giving without asking or needing anything in return. Please help me to always remember You are what I need most, and objects and possessions should never get in the way of what I believe. Amen.


Monday, March 12, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  Luke 22:39-46
Why are you sleeping? 

Written by  |  Shirley Norris, Director of Communications

Taken out of context this question may seem rather odd. Without understanding what had just taken place in the last few hours, one might respond, “Jesus doesn’t think we need to sleep.” In modern times, I could see this account reported on the nightly news or social media. The headline would read “Jesus to His Disciples: No Sleep for You!” And before you know it we have fake news.

Jesus wasn’t suggesting that His followers didn’t need to sleep. What He was saying is “do as I have commanded you”. Jesus knew that the time was near that the Son of Man would be delivered to His enemy. He was dealing with the turmoil in His own heart. He knew this was going to be troubling to His followers, and He was encouraging them to guard their hearts and minds from temptation by being prayerful.

Jesus’ followers today aren’t so very different from those twelve. How often do you enter into prayer, and all of a sudden find your mind wandering to the activities or news of the day? You begin to think about all those things on your “to do” list for tomorrow or perhaps the packing that needs to be done for an upcoming trip. Before you know it, you’ve dozed off.

Jesus followed up His question with “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” The simple answer to His question is because we are weak, our faith is weak. But just as regular exercise can strengthen our muscles, committing to a regular prayer life will strengthen our faith and prevent us from falling into temptation.

Prayer: God, teach us daily to come to You in prayer and practice remaining steadfast. Amen.

Sunday, March 11, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  Luke 24:36-49
Have you anything here to eat?

Written by  |  Roselyn O’Connell, Deacon Moderator

Me: “Yes, Jesus. We have steak and chicken in the freezer. I bought bananas, berries and a fresh pineapple at Sprouts yesterday. Or, I could make breakfast for You. How do You like Your eggs? How about scrambled with a side of dark toast and Plum jam? Our niece, Cory, gave us a small jar of handcrafted plum jam from Washington State for Christmas. Does that sound like something You would like to eat?

I’m pretty nervous, Jesus, to be preparing food for You. What if You don’t like it? What if I burn the eggs? Would You allow me to wash Your feet and seat You in our most comfortable chair? Maybe You want to rest before You eat?

I’m flustered, Jesus. Should I be like Martha or Mary? I want to feed You because You are hungry. I care about Your comfort because YOU are Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Yet, the best thing to do might be to sit at Your feet as Mary did and listen to Your words instead of bustling around the kitchen setting out our finest plates and silverware.
Jesus, I see patience and love in Your eyes as I struggle with what to do.”

JESUS: “Be like Martha. Prepare toast and bring it to me to eat while I rest on this kitchen chair. Bring a glass of water for my thirst. Then be like Mary and sit with me while I bless the food, your home and open your eyes to your many blessings.”

Prayer: Thank You, GOD, for the blessing of being in company with Jesus whenever we call on Him for spiritual food.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Scripture Reading  |  Luke 18:1-8
But when the Son of Man comes, will He find any faith on earth?

Written by  |  Dawn Sheaffer, Administrative Assistant

I know that God and Jesus know all things.  They know what’s in the hearts of everyone.  So, when I was given this question to
answer, in my way, I decided to pretend that when Jesus comes, He will be looking for faith without knowing where to look ahead of time.

What if He appears in the middle of a gang-infested part of New York City?  Would He have to hunt very hard?  Is it difficult for these people to have faith in God when dealing with all the things they see out on the streets?  When the sounds of shooting are a daily occurrence, I am sure they question why. But I believe He will find faith.

What if He appears in the cancer ward of a hospital where small children are terminally ill? Are the parents trying so hard to hold on to faith, or have they lost it when looking at their child suffering?

When Jesus comes to Scottsdale, AZ, He sees many people with beautiful homes and plenty of food to eat.  We have our own struggles that cause us doubt and question. Most of the people I know have been raised in a Christian family.  I think God would find faith here too.  

I don’t know all the places that Jesus would find faith, but I hope He would find it everywhere He went.  

Prayer: Thank You, Heavenly Father, for loving us so much.  Please help those people around the world who don’t know You to find You and trust in You and Your word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Friday, March 9, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  Luke 17:11-19
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?

Written by  |  Claudia Rank, Confirmand

To me, this quote explains why the more unfamiliar a person is with Christianity, the more they are loyal to God. If you do not know much about something and yet identify with it, you are likely to come, ask, and pray to know more. For those that already have been informed about God, they become desensitized to how important and flavorful God’s word is. To remain faithful, we must look at God’s lessons with a fresh eye each time, often with a different perspective or point of view. The foreigner returns to seek advice from God, thus putting him in the position to gain faith and loyalty to Him. When a child is baptized, their parents pledge to raise their child in the eye of Christianity and to teach them the beliefs of their religion. It did not occur to me when I was little why I had to go to church. As I got older, I began to understand that church is a place to learn and expand intelligence. You should aspire to be renewed by each word of God. You are taught to memorize and understand readily like everyone else. You need to question something to truly understand something, to fill all the holes in all parts of your brain to satisfy it truly.  I will always try to come back to God for more.

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for all You do for me.  Help me to always come back to You. Amen.




Thursday, March 8, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  John 1:35-42
What are you looking for?

Written by  |  David Allen, Director of Ministries in Music & Arts

If I was having coffee with Jesus…
People seem to follow You wherever You go…to towns and villages, hills and mountainsides, streets and synagogues. Maybe some follow You to see the miracles and healings. Some are curious about Your teachings. Some may even be amused by Your wisdom of the Torah and prophecy. I’m personally curious about what it means to truly follow You. Despite the multitudes that seem curious about Your teachings, few seem to truly follow You. Only a few disciples seemed to have left their family and friends, given up their homes and occupations to be a part of Your cause. This hope that is to come in eternity seems intriguing. What does it mean to truly follow You? I suppose I’m looking for assurance that the decision to follow You is everything You promise. I have a choice to observe You from a distance or to be so close to You that I can feel Your touch, hear You breathing new life into me, and see Your compassionate eyes. If I make this choice, will You become a part of my life and I a part of Yours? Am I included in Your story? Will I have eternal life as You say I will? I suppose Paul was right when he said we must consider everything worthless and unimportant “compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus.” All we forfeit now we will get back a thousand-fold in paradise. Right?

Prayer: As I stand at my own lakeshore, let me be more like Simon and Andrew and follow You more readily. May I be like James and John and get out of my boat and follow. Amen.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  Luke 12:54-59
Why do you not judge for yourself what is right?

Written by  |  Helena McGinn, Confirmand

Being judgmental is a fact of life. We’re always judging other people, and it’s making us all worse off.  That person in line at lunch, you know, the one with a mohawk, yeah, she has terrible taste. The soccer player who missed the goal, he must not practice.  That friend who complains about her boyfriend, she must have a terrible home life. My life is most definitely not like hers.

But what’s worse than passing judgment on others? Who is the last person you should be judging? Well, you, of course. Why do you not judge for yourself what is right? We judge ourselves harder than anyone else in the world. It’s us who has the mohawk, the missed goal, and the terrible home life. It’s us who doesn’t measure up to others, and it’s us doing the judging.  We are the ones who determine that we aren’t worthy.  We all judge ourselves. There’s no denying it, self-judgment is inevitable.  

This is the time of year to let go of judgment.  During Lent we should recognize the value of reflection upon the Word of God. When we take time to refocus our minds off of flaws and focus on His Gospel, we are able to take responsibility for our own actions and to live the life that Jesus wants for us.  Nobody is perfect, only Jesus.  We must love ourselves just as God made us.

Prayer: Dear Lord, let me love myself and others just as You made us, in Your image.  Let me reflect on Your word and praise You each day of lent. Amen.



Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  Luke 12:22-34
If even the smallest things are beyond your control,
why are you anxious about the rest?

Written by  | Chapin Bell, Elder - Facilities & Environment

Why do we let worry get us down? Luke 12:26 is referring to faith;
the faith that God is totally committed to our good and wants us in
His family. He will supply our every need, so we should not be
anxious for anything. Our treasures are laid up in heaven where our hearts should be. Any service that we can offer is greater and more rewarding than any possessions we could acquire. This is comforting as it relates to our worries. As we all know, it is very easy to worry in today’s busy and, at times, scary world. However, we can be comforted by knowing that Jesus holds all of our worry. Knowing this, can’t we then leave our worries behind?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I give to You my worry.  Thank You for
walking with me through this difficult season. Amen.




Monday, March 5, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  Luke 8:40-56
Who touched me?

Written by |  Katherine Talley, Director of Elementary & Youth Singing Choirs

While on the recent trip to the Holy Land, we went to Magdala, known as the hometown of Mary Magdalene. It is a site between the Sea of Galilee and Mount Arbel where the Magdala Stone was found. Our guide, Celine Kelly, was a highlight of the trip, and as we walked the grounds, she made the ancient remains come alive and exhorted us to allow Jesus to intervene in our personal situations.
Near the back of the site is a worship center with several chapels. One of them has a large mural depicting the moment the woman touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. The Bible tells us she had been bleeding for 12 years and no one could heal her. She fought through the crowd, and when she touched the cloak of Jesus, her bleeding instantly stopped.
Walking downstairs into the Encounter Chapel was an unforgettable and transformational moment. Having had a rather hard year in which my spirit had been battered and bruised, the prayer in my heart was to be fully restored. The exhortations of Celine prepared me to walk into that chapel and spiritually touch the hem of His garment. As I sat and prayed, I felt healed and made whole.
May the encounter between Jesus and the haemorrhaging woman remind us there are some circumstances only God can fix and encourage you to invite Jesus into your own situation - whatever it is - to bring you joy, heal you and make you whole.

Prayer: Lord, remind me that You can fix and encourage me through each struggle, frustration, worry and hardship. Heal me. Show me joy. And make me whole again.  Amen.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  Luke 8:22-25
Where is your faith?

Written by  |  Calvin Brown, Parish Pup and Office Mascot

You said that we can have faith as small as a mustard seed. Sometimes my faith is that small. Other times my faith is strong, and I know You are with me and all the people I meet.  

I try my best to have faith but sometimes it is hard. It is hard to have faith when I am comforting someone who is grieving. It is difficult to have faith when someone is crying tears on my shoulder. I don’t understand why bad things happen to good people. The weight I feel from others’ anger at each other is almost too heavy to bear.  

These experiences, plus others, make it difficult to always have faith that You can do all that you say You can do. It seems like the promises You make don’t happen the way I would expect them to. You say, “You have everything under control.”  “You love us unconditionally.” “You promise to heal and comfort.”  

But I am good at watching people, and I try and show up when I feel like they need someone to love them and be near them. Maybe this is Your answer to these tough questions. You send me and others to walk with us through the darkness.

Jesus, I might not always have 100% faith, but I promise that I will be loyal, no matter how many times I wonder where You are or how You are going to get us out of this predicament. I promise to be loyal and always stay at Your side. I will comfort You when You are sad about the things Your creation does to each other. I do this well. It is who You created me to be.  

Prayer: Jesus, help me have stronger faith. In places where faith is difficult, show me signs of Your presence and hope.  Amen.


Saturday, March 3, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  Luke 6:46-49
Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and not do what I command?

Written by  |  Kolton O’Connor, Confirmand

Let me start by saying this: This verse affects me on a very personal level. My life is not a perfect life just like every other human being. “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and not do what I command?” For me I feel like before confirmation I was just going through the motions, as my baseball coach would say. I say I live this life of a Christian, but I still am not trying my best to help others and be righteous. But with confirmation my whole perspective of life has changed. I’m trying to bring my friends to church and trying to bring them to God. In the beginning of confirmation I was nervous because I had never done anything like this. But as I have gone through this proccess, it has really helped me. Mike Noel, my confirmation mentor, is an awesome guy, and he has helped me tremendously through this process. I am so thankful I got paired with him.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me not just say I live a faithful life, but let my actions reflect it.



Friday, March 2, 2018


Scripture Reading  |  Luke 2:41-52
Why were you looking for me?

Written by  |  Robert Slegers, Deacon - Ushers

“Why were you searching for me?”, he asked.  “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”  Jesus was twelve years old when his parents made their annual trip to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.

When the Feast had ended, they began their journey back to Nazareth.  His family had traveled for an entire day when they realized Jesus was not in their party.  After searching the city for three days, they found Jesus in the temple courts.  Jesus was sitting among the Jewish rabbis listening and asking questions.  Everyone who heard him was amazed. Jesus was twelve years old, the age when a Jewish boy would become a “bar mitzvah” (son of the law).  This is when a boy attains the age of maturity and responsibility with respect to God’s Commandments.  During this time, many famous Jewish teachers would have been present for Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  This was the perfect opportunity for Jesus to learn the Jewish law.  The first words Jesus spoke that are recorded in the Bible are “Why were you searching for me?”  Jesus spoke these words to His parents because they did not understand that He was about to begin God’s work on Earth.  Jesus speaks these words to the entire world because He knows we need salvation.

Prayer: Jesus, show me where You are in my life so that I can better follow you. Amen.