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Afternoons In The Son…

full sail2xSaturday afternoon busy-ness with preparing for Sunday morning children’s ministry…I am out here on the open sea of navigating the Word of God and finding activities for little hands to work while their little grey cells are soaking up the fine rays of light from the Life of Messiah…

Bible Address: Luke 2.40-52

This week I am given the privilege of exposing the emerging majesty of  Jesus as a young boy… Twelve years of age…

Even in His ordinary life in Nazareth, His parents saw that their young son, “grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” (Luke 2.40)

Now in the Temple courts during the season of Passover, Jesus is showing wisdom in the dialog He is carrying on with the rabbis… If they only knew… He does not shame them by parading His own knowledge; He is respectful; He is attentive; He listens  and only asks the questions…

young Jesus in the Temple Courts

He might have been asking questions which would prepare Him for His presentation at His own Bar Mitzvah… He would be given the honor of carrying the Torah scroll and reading passages from a portion of the Torah/the Law, and from a harmonic portion of either a historical book or the prophets…  Usually, those rabbis choose readings in such a way as to expose a thread linking the portions in thought and theme… In His tutoring audience with the Temple rabbis, Jesus may have posed  a question or two which made them think more deeply about the Scripture portions which might be designated for His special day…

Since Jesus’ dialog with the rabbis takes place at the time around the Feast of the Passover amid the Days of Unleavened Bread, it is also possible that many of Jesus’ questions were about the promises of God to redeem His people with an outstretched arm and great wonders… the  description of the Passover lamb…the exact instructions for placement of the blood… the judgment on the firstborn of Egypt… the cost of redemption and the work of purging the cursed leaven out of their homes…  whether their redemption was won by their own works or by faith in the God who gave them the work to do… whether God showed grace in His judgment or whether His judgment was completely lacking in grace for the human race… “the elephant in the room” question about how the people of Israel were ever going to be cleansed of all the pollution that sticks to their kishkes on the inside and the influences that cling to their little grey cells from the outside… All these questions with the remembrance of God’s deliverance of the people of Israel out of bondage to an evil ruler–Pharaoh–fresh in their minds…

There are questions for which every young person throughout time wants answers: “What’s the point? What has this to do with me?” Even at age 12, Jesus knows what “the point” is; it is all about His Father’s business… In order to know His Father’s business, Jesus does not neglect attentive time in the Word of God–even at an age when, in our day, all doting parents are more dedicated to extending the childhood bliss of their young boys… Preparing them for their father’s business at the age of twelve? Well, in our day, it just isn’t done… And sad to say, also, neither is preparing their young boys to have a vision for God’s business, God’s Plan…

Jesus’  parents had left Jerusalem and were on the road to Nazareth for an entire day when they discovered that Jesus was not among the company traveling with them… They are frantic, worried that some terrible thing had happened to Him–maybe kidnapped; maybe lost–a loving parent’s nightmare… Taking a deep breath, they decided to return to Jerusalem to seek His whereabouts from there; and they find Him in the Temple, as nice as you please, seated among the rabbis, having a cozy little chat…

Needless to say, His parents were taken aback by His apparent lack of concern for their sanity; they felt like He had hurt them by staying behind in the Temple courts. And He answers their question with a question: “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

By today’s standards, Jesus’ back talk would be considered cheeky at best; and to others downright disrespectful… But Joseph and Mary knew what it is to be part of the Father’s business, so I think Jesus’ answer made them remember…

The Father’s Business… God’s Business… God’s Plan…  What is it? Who will fulfill it? How must it be fulfilled?

The Father’s Business: Establish His Kingdom forever…

His Plan to Accomplish His Business: Deliver mankind from bondage to the evil ruler of sIn, Satan and death…

Nasty I-SIN heartHow His Plan Must Be Accomplished:  The death of a pure, holy sacrifice for sIn, offered by the priestly mediator of God’s own choosing, in our place…

christ our passover

How His Plan Has Been Fulfilled: In the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ… at the Passover… about  21 years after Jesus’ Passover time in Jerusalem at the age of 12… It was the third day of that Passover season in that year when Jesus showed His power to fulfill His Father’s Business by rising from the grave…

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How did Jesus show His attentiveness to His Father’s Business as a young man growing into maturity? He had all the daily activities of life that we do: FAMILY, WORK, PLAY, SCHOOL, FRIENDS, WORSHIP… Jesus was attentive to the Word of God in all these areas of His life–He lived them from His youth, as the Scriptures say of Him:

Then He went down with [His parents] and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”

–Luke 2.51-52

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SIN in our hearts gets in the way of knowing and understanding what God’s business is in our lives. Indeed, with sIn in our hearts, we think our lives are none of God’s business at all; and with that attitude, we miss “the point…” 

The only way to ever know and understand “the point” and what God has to do with our lives is to first believe in the Lord Jesus Christ…

JESUS Heart-Cross

With Jesus in your life, God gives you a heart to love Him more and want to be about His business–obeying Him…

With Jesus in your life, God’s Spirit helps you to understand the Word of God and to become wise in all you do in your life: FAMILY, WORK, PLAY, SCHOOL, FRIENDS, WORSHIP… 

Right Now…Always…Forever!

 

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