Luke, Chapter 2, speaks of the birth, the boyhood, and the growth to manhood of Jesus. Let us rejoice in it!

Great ‘Words of Life’ in Luke 2 that do an excellent job of telling us what was going on in the life of Jesus as a baby, young boy, and young man. Verses 39 – 40 tell us “When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, 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 on Him.”

Big gaps in this short narrative allow time for the family to find a place to live in Bethlehem, flee to Egypt to escape Herod’s wrath, and return to Nazareth when it was safe to do so. The Word implies around 12 years as a timeframe for these events to play out when verses 41 – 52 continue:”Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. When He was twelve years old, they went up to the festival according to the custom. After the festival 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 looking 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 man. (Luke 2:41-52)

We’ve discussed this very scene recently in the context of Jesus following his own “North” and the cost of it for his parents at times. But, as the Bible so often gifts us with multiple layers of messaging, this is also the first mention of Jesus’ own awareness that He was God’s Son. But even though He knew His real Father, Jesus did not reject His earthly father, Joseph. Joseph had an important role to play in Jesus’ becoming. Jesus went back to Nazareth with his parents and lived under their authority for another 18 years. It is assumed Jesus lost His earthly father, Joseph, during this period of time but he helped provide for His family with the skill of carpentry that Joseph taught him. Likely, as a result of Joseph’s death, Jesus learned, first hand, so much about the responsibilities of life – the responsibility of family, day to day work, the pitfalls of running a business, endurance and humility – all within the grief journey after a beloved one’s death. It couldn’t have been easy but the Word tells us He did not ever sin. Something innate in Him understood how to navigate these things and all was necessary in the making of Him and for Him to be able to empathize with us. May we look to Him always as we travel on ourselves. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He lived then and lives now for each of us.🌟 We may indeed “sin” as we travel on, but He is always there to forgive, as we ask, and get us back on track.πŸ™

We’ll pick up in chapter 3 of Luke next week.

We continue to pray for those in wars today. We lift them and our country up to our Lord of Love and ask Him for all that is needed. πŸ™

Blessings and Love upon each of you and yours.πŸŒŸβ€οΈπŸ™

Poppa B.