Study from God’s Word… Matthew, Chapter 2 and Luke 2: 39 – 52 … Passage for Reflection: Luke 2: 49 … NIV 49 "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" 50 But they did not understand what He was saying to them. 51 Then He went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
My Journal for Today: It’s interesting and compelling to speculate about those veiled first 30 years in the life of The Messiah, … our Lord, Jesus. And one may ask how much Jesus’ parents, especially Mary, recognized that their son, Jesus, was a prodigy like none other.
I’ve always been entranced by that wonderful Christmas song, Mary, Did You Know? [A YouTube version linked here], which poignantly probes the mother of The Christ, in song asking her just how much she knew about her Son when she looked into His eyes in that manger where the Christ was born. And in today’s verse, from the scene of Jesus being taken to the Temple, built by Herod, we even read of Jesus strongly challenging, almost rebuking, His mom, asking His mother why, upon realizing that Jesus had stayed behind as they traversed back to Nazareth, she, above all others, didn’t know where He was, … that she should have known He’d be in the house of His Father, … in the Temple.
And one can speculate as to whether this moment, the only age documented time in Jesus’ first 30 years, that Jesus, the son of Mary and Joseph, but more so the Son of God, was awakened to the reality that He was being led to be about the business of His Heavenly Father, even though He still had earthly parents, whom He should honor as well. And even though we don’t know the details from Scriptural or Gospel accounts, we know that Jesus stayed with His parents, where He likely became the leader in the home with His siblings and where His earthly father, Joseph, may have died, leaving him the eldest son to minister to the needs of the family.
But here in this Temple confrontation, we see the boy, Jesus, recognizing his coming of age; and those around Him marveled at how astute He was in the ways of God’s Law. We read of Jesus recognizing that He was here on earth to do the work of His Heavenly Father first, which would for about the next 18 years involve him honoring his earthly father, and his mother. He KNEW to Whom and for Whom He was living. And the question for us today, is DO WE KNOW Who we are and Whose we are?
Have each of us had that Spirit-led epiphany as Jesus may have had in that Temple at age 12? Do you know, my dear one, to Whom you give account for your being in Christ? And even more importantly, if you call yourself a “Christian,” have you fully, and knowingly, accepted your spiritual identity? Does God, The Spirit, reside in your Temple (i.e., your heart or your spiritual being)? And do others see that Temple residing in you?
Who we are, and for whom we are, says everything about our identity in Christ; and can you feel Jesus asking you, as I feel Him asking me today, … “Are you letting me live in you; and are you living for Me?”
My Prayer for Today: Lord, help me to KNOW You more so that others will KNOW You more. Amen