7597 - Glimpse Into Childhood


Let’s consider an account of a 12 year old boy and his devotion to his Father.

Luke’s information about the early history surrounding the life of Jesus is well appreciated. Luke is sometimes called an historical writer because of the careful and detailed research he carried on for an extended time before God tapped him to write the third gospel and the book of Acts. His stated intent was to make the gospel clear so that people could know the truth.

Permit me to read the last portion of Chapter 2 (39b-52):
... they returned to Galilee 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.

Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."

"Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

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.

Following this family’s flight to Egypt, as we found in Matthew 2, they returned to their own town, Nazareth. Jesus has been born, has grown and become strong. He has wisdom and God’s grace is upon him.

The next view given about Jesus is at age 12. Mary & Joseph went to the Feast of Passover, an eight day festival in Jerusalem, and Jesus went along.

On the return trip his parents did not realize He was not with. Their search for Him took them back to Jerusalem, where they found Jesus in the Temple, among the teachers. His understanding amazed these educated people.

Jesus showed his deep understanding about His mission on earth by stating that He had to be in His Father’s house. At age 12 Jesus had an awareness of His true Father, God, and was committed to accomplishing Father God’s task here on earth.

Scripture says Mary and Joseph did not understand. It’s stated that Mary treasured these things in her heart. Some have wondered why we are not given greater vision into the young life of Jesus. Perhaps it’s because Jesus did not come to earth to save us by His life. Jesus came to earth to save us by His sacrificial death, but that required a life of preparation.

Scripture (Heb.4:15) tells us that we have a high priest who has experienced every kind of temptation which people have undergone, so he can sympathize and minister to us. The great difference is that Jesus never sinned. He always leaned on the Father, Who brought Him through. His life was our example of this principle. We are to take our refuge in Jesus when tempted just as He took refuge in His Father. He will always bring us through when we trust Him and not ourselves.

The Gospel of John ends with the proclamation that Jesus did many more things than what is written.

So friend, let us appreciate that which we are given and praise God for reconciling the world to Himself in Christ. Now we can have life in Christ by faith in what He has done.