Jesus the teacher . . .
Luke 2:41-52 NLT
Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there. Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” his mother said to him, “why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.” “But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they didn’t understand what he meant. Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart. Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.
Reflection . . .
Jesus’ parents were devout in their faith and kept all the required laws and rituals. From a very young age we see that Jesus was inquisitive, listening and asking questions, not of regular folk, but of the learned leaders. Jesus amazed them all at his understanding and the answers he gave them. Jesus is the Great Teacher! All through his ministry people were amazed and astonished at his authority and insight — like none other! To discover more of what God is like, we must look at Jesus which we’ve mentioned in previous couple of posts.
What do we learn about Jesus in this story?
- Jesus amazed everyone, including his parents!
- Jesus had great insight!
- Jesus had a passion to share the Scriptures with others!
- Jesus was obedient to authority
In turn, what can we glean about God through Jesus? God is:
- Full of Wisdom & Knowledge
- Speaking to us through His Word, the Scriptures
- Places authorities over us
There are certainly other things we can glean from this text, but these are just a few to ponder for now.
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