Friday, June 12, 2009

#7 Chapter 2:41-51 Jesus amazes the Scholars...

Read Chapter 2:41-51...then come back..

Jesus is now 12 years old and His family is taking their annual trip into Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of the Passover.

The Passover Feast was celebrated to remember how God had delivered the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. God had instructed Moses to smear the blood from a sacrificial lamb on the doorposts of the Israelites homes so the angel of death would "passover" them.

And here is Jesus the Lamb of God, who would eventually be sacrificed and His shed blood would set many free from the slavery to sin and from eternal death. I wonder if Jesus knew at this point in His life or had any idea what He was ultimately meant to do?

After the days of the Festival Mary and Joseph were on their way home and realized Jesus wasn't with them...that seems kind of strange to me...but we live in a different time now..

Anyway, they had to turn around and go back for Him and after 3 long frantic days found Him in the Temple sitting among those who were considered teachers of the law (this would have been like Him sitting among men with theological PHD's) discussing the scriptures but Jesus was amazing them with His astounding wisdom...This is one of the first evidences that Jesus was now becoming more than just an ordinary 12 year old boy.

Can't you just imagine how all these so-called wise guys must have been sitting around trying to debate and translate the scriptures with Him, and all of them being astonished with His depth of knowledge? (v47) "...and all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.."

As a mother myself I can really sympathize with Mary who was probably by this time more than a little upset and scared after looking for Him for 3 or 4 days. So they finally find Him and he says ...(v49) "and He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” In today's vernacular it might have been something like "Duh!..didn't you know that I would be here doing what I'm supposed to do? No wonder they didn't understand what was going on..

(v51) and then they went back to Nazareth and He was subject to them"...I wonder if that means He got punished for scaring His mother so badly? :) smile...

In any case this story clearly shows that He had more than a shallow knowledge of the Word of God. And it gives new meaning to "And the Word [Jesus] became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth". John 1:14 Afterall ...He was the Word...

I still ponder the mystery of Jesus being fully human....yet fully God...

What did you learn about the story of Jesus in the Temple?

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