Thursday, May 31, 2012

Jesus Remains Behind in the Temple

Today's Reading:
  • Luke 2:36 - 52
  • Psalm 60:1 - 12
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Luke 2:36 - 52
Here we get a small glimpse into Jesus as a child.  We are told that Jesus was strong, healthy, filled with wisdom, and had God's favor on him (2:40).  Then we are told about the story where Jesus went missing for three days.  Mary and Joseph had traveled to Jerusalem for Passover, and didn't realize (because there were so many travelers migrating together) that Jesus was not among them.  Mary and Joseph returned to Jerusalem and eventually found Jesus in the Temple, listening to the teachers and asking them questions.

When questioned by Mary and Joseph about why he made them search for Him, he responded with:
"But why did you need to search?" he asked.  "Didn't you know that I must be in my Father's house?" (2:49)
I have to wonder at what age did Jesus become aware of who He was?  Was there a point where Jesus was told who He was, and He accepted out of fate? Or did He always know, was that knowledge always a part of Him, just as we know the parents who raise us? Did Mary and Joseph ever tell Him of His special birth and of the angel visits?

It's all useless speculation, but I can't help but wonder what what life was like for Jesus as a child, and how he was as a young child.

Psalm 60:1 - 12
In this Psalm of David, David's armies are conquering many territories.  At some point in the conquest, however, David has to call for the Lord's help against his enemies.  As always, David's faith remains strong, and he calls on the Lord with praise of the Lord.

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