Relax and listen. Consciously prepare to hear God’s Word. Clear your mind of the worries and tasks that lie before you. Open your heart and allow it to refresh.
Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.
Luke is known as the Gospel of the Son of Man because Luke emphasizes the humanity of Christ. Luke writes about Jesus’s birth from a human mother in a natural way and the meticulous care of Jesus’s parents in following the laws and traditions of the Jewish faith. Jesus was not treated differently than any other boy. However, in our text today, there is a transition from Jesus as just a regular human boy to Jesus as the unique son of God. When Mary and Joseph find Jesus in the Temple, Mary says to him, “Your father and I were searching for you in great anxiety.” Jesus replies by saying, “Did you not know I would be in my Father’s house.” This is also the last time in the book of Luke that we read anything about Joseph. Luke demonstrates that Jesus Christ is both human and divine. Luke also makes it clear that Jesus is more than a wise teacher or a moral prophet. Jesus Christ is the Messiah. He has been trained in the customs of the law by his earthly parents, but he recognizes that to do his Father’s will, he must seek wisdom and direction from above.
God, give us wisdom from above. Amen
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