Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

Jesus the Boy

Darrell L. Bock writes, reflecting on our text for Sunday's message:

The reader of Luke's Gospel is left to ponder the same things [as Mary]. One reads on with interest to see what Jesus' ministry itself will reveal about him. With such a preview of Jesus as Messiah-Servant-Son, one can only look forward with expectation to the teaching and wisdom that Jesus will display. The time of fulfillment comes.

When considered as a whole, [the first two chapters of Luke] show that whatever God promised came to pass. The passage provides not only expectation, but assurance concerning the things to which Luke testifies.

In Jesus, God is at work.

And just what should get us pondering this way? The only and remarkable account we have of Jesus as a young boy. Let Mary be your role model, and the teachers your example: read of and marvel at Jesus the Boy.

   When Jesus’ parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the law of the Lord, they returned home to Nazareth in Galilee. There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was on him.

Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends.

When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there. Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” his mother said to him, “why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.”

“But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they didn’t understand what he meant.

Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart.

Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.   (Luke 2:39-52, NLT-SE)

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