Luke 2:41-42 NIV
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.
I love festivals! Still gutted that Greenbelt didn’t happen last year, but in faith and hope I’ve bought my tickets for summer ’21. To me this is an annual chance to step out of my regular routine, relax and refocus. Jesus’ family were regular festival goers too, as were all the Jews, with the Passover being the main festival, a national gathering in Jerusalem to remember God’s rescuing them from slavery in Egypt. This regular celebration would have shaped his understanding of God, and ultimately shaped his understanding about himself and the mission his Father was calling him to. What do our ‘festivals’, Christmas, Easter and Harvest, say to us about God, and the mission he calls us to?
Thank you Father for Jesus and the freedom he has bought for us. Spirit, help us use our freedom to serve others and celebrate your love.