Numbers 26:1-51; Luke 2:36-52; Psalm 60:1-12; Proverbs 11:15
Scripture doesn’t go into much detail about the childhood of Jesus. We know that he grew and was strong. He thrived in the home of Mary and Joseph. He was filled with wisdom, “And the favor of God was upon him.” Luke 2:40
I imagine Mary and Joseph found him to be an “easy” child to raise. I wonder if his siblings ever heard their parents say, ‘If you could only be more like your brother, Jesus.’
There was one time, however, that Jesus’ actions seemed to betray his obedient character.
During the annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem for Passover Jesus failed to rejoin his family on the return trip to Nazareth.
Mary and Joseph went back to Jerusalem to find their twelve year old son. After several days searching the city, “They found him the the temple, sitting among the teachers listening to them and asking them questions.” Luke 2:46
His mother was astonished but NOT amused–“Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” Luke 2:48
Jesus’ response surprises me. “And he said to them, ‘why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’ Luke 2:49
No apology. No ‘I’m sorry I worried you?’
Maybe Jesus was amazed that it took them so long to find him and he was a bit disappointed in them. ‘Why didn’t you look for me here in the temple first?’
It was a reality check for them all. For parents beginning to realize that their son was “different.” For a son who experienced the humanness of his parents and their limited understanding of who he was–the son of the Heavenly Father.
The tension-filled episode ended with Jesus returning to his home town with his folks who were still scratching their heads at this son of theirs.
“And he was submissive to them.” vs. 51
Jesus was growing up.
Lord God, this story is a reality check for us too. What do we really believe about your son, Jesus? Do we fully believe that He is true God as well as true Man? Do we believe His Word is infallible? Do we believe that our sins are covered by his sacrificial blood and that we are forgiven sinners? Do we believe…?
Lord, forgive our unbelief and help us to grow into a greater understanding of Your Son–our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In His Name we pray, Amen.