Presents to Presence
by Kyle Idleman – December 23, 2018
Mary and Joseph feared they had lost Jesus after a huge family holiday. As they searched eagerly they found that he was in the temple asking the teachers questions and listening to them. Mary questioned Jesus’ actions, challenging him that he should’ve been with her and not in the Temple. Jesus responds by telling her that He had to be in His Father’s house. Jesus teaches us this: The greatest gift you can give will not be the presents under the tree, but your presence on this earth that allows others to learn about His presence on the tree. Scripture says that Mary treasured in her heart that Jesus went to the temple. The presence of Jesus reminds us of the power of someone coming near you in the flesh- someone choosing to sit beside you. Let His presence teach presence.