Numbers 26:1-51; Luke 2:36-52; Psalm 60:1-12; Proverbs 11:15
“When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him…Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:39-40;51-52
A loving family.
A faithful family.
An obedient family.
Jesus was blessed with a family who feared God above all.
Hard work, community, festival times, daily meal times surrounded by brothers and sisters–the rhythm of family life defined our Lord’s childhood.
Fresh air, fun and games, story telling.
Neighborhood news, Roman soldiers marching through, talk of attempted rebellion.
Life wasn’t all rosy in Nazareth or in the land of Jesus’ birth.
Oppression and occupation pressed down, set limits and teeth on edge.
All were part of our Savior’s childhood.
Mary’s heart and mind recorded her firstborn’s years in memories to be shared long after Jesus returned to Heaven–after the Cross–after his mission was completed. She treasured her son’s response to those hurting around him, his loving treatment of those others shunned, his sharp mind, and wisdom beyond his years.
Lord God, thank you for entrusting your Son to Mary and Joseph and the community of Nazareth. Thank you for helping his parent’s nurture him and bring him up in a God-pleasing manner. Please continue to be with all families seeking to raise their children to love and obey You in this day and age. Grant them wisdom and favor from above. Help today’s families make time to worship, to have devotions, to pray, and to nurture the spiritual life of their children. For Jesus’ sake we pray, Amen.