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Parenting Jesus
Bible Passage Luke 2:41-52
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books Exodus, Luke.

Parenting Jesus

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached December 13, 2022

41 Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover.

42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.

43 But when they departed after completing the days, the Child Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, and Joseph and His mother did not know it;

44 But supposing Him to be in the company, they went a day’s journey, and looked for Him among the relatives and among the acquaintances.

45 And when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him.

46 Now it came to pass that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them and questioning them.

47 And all those who were listening to Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.

48 But when they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have you dealt with us in this manner? Look, Your father and I have been very distressed while searching for You.”

49 And He said to them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Don’t you realize that I must be about My Father’s business?”

50 But they did not understand the words that He spoke to them.

51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He was subject to them. But His mother kept all these things in her heart.

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

The parents of Jesus, being sincere and faithful Jews, went to Jerusalem for the Passover each year. The Passover feast was in April and it lasted for a week. This feast reminded the Israelites how God rescued them from Egypt where they had been slaves (Exodus 12:24-27). Every Jewish man was supposed to go to Jerusalem for three important feasts: Passover, Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles. If they could not attend all three feasts, they would choose the Passover as the most important.

A Jewish boy became a man, a ‘son of the law’ when he was 12 years old. Jesus, who accompanied them on the occasion recorded here, was twelve years old at the time. At this age, Jewish boys were being prepared for entrance into adult affairs.

At the end of the week, people traveled home together in large groups. Mary and Joseph did not worry about Jesus until the evening of the first day’s journey. Everyone met together in the evening. They took a day to travel back to Jerusalem. They looked for Jesus in the city on the second day. They found him on the third day.

In the Jewish form of instruction, teachers, and students often took turns at asking and answering questions, many of which were concerned with details of the law. The teachers in Jerusalem noted that Jesus was different from other students, both in the questions He asked and the answers He gave. His concern was not with trivial details of the traditional teaching, but with a real understanding of the mind and ways of God (Luke 2:43-47). He astonished them because He knew and understood so much.

He reminded His parents of His unique relationship with His heavenly Father and of the need for Him to know and do His Father’s will. They did not fully understand what He meant, but Mary kept thinking about it. Jesus, on His part, realized that He still had to be obedient to His earthly parents (verses 48-52).

When Jesus said ‘I must be in my Father’s house, this showed how much He knew. Jesus knew that He must do what His Father required. All through His life, Jesus knew that He must obey God’s purpose for Him.

🔷 Parents must nurture, train, and take care of their wards in the name of God

🔷 Children must obey their parents and support them in all things

💥 Pray for your children
💥 Ask for strength to play your roles as a Christian parent well

Parents must not renege on their responsibilities towards their wards. They must deliberately train the children in the way of the Lord and teach them to be in the presence of God. Apart from buying Christmas dresses for them, we should teach them a thing or two about God during this season and beyond.

In series Bright Morning Reflections