THE BOY JESUS
INTRODUCTION: Have you ever gotten separated from your children? It
can get pretty scary, not knowing where your child is. Your anxiety grows
with the minutes that pass without finding her/him. Imagine the relief
on your face when you finally find your child!
Luke tells about an episode in the life of Jesus when his parents got
separated from Jesus, and then had to find him. Let's learn some lessons
from this passage.
I. HAD A WELL BALANCED GROWTH (VERSES 40, 52)
"And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom;
and the grace of God was upon Him....And Jesus increased in wisdom and
stature, and in favor with God and men."
A. Jesus grew physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
II. HIS PARENT WERE INTERESTED IN HIS SPIRITUAL TRAINING. (Verse 41)
1. Physically - "the child grew and became strong in spirit"
B. The results of his growth. He grew "in favor with God and men."
2. Mentally - "filled with wisdom"
3. Spiritually - "and the grace of God was upon Him."
1. Modern man has emphasized everything about man, except for
his relationship with God.
2. We are very concerned about our children's physical condition. Want
them to have a sound body. We are very concerned about their mental condition.
We want them to go to the best schools for an education. But we seem to
have little concern for their spiritual growth.
3. It is not that we shouldn't be concerned about these things. But
we should remember that the first two are useless without the third.
a. 1 Timothy 4:8- "For bodily exercise profits a little, but
godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that
now is and of that which is to come."
b. 2 Peter 3:18- "but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen."
"His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover."
A. Notice that his parents went up every year at the Feast
of the Passover.
III. HIS PARENTS WENT LOOKING FOR THEIR BOY (VERSES 43-45).
1. Implies a strong commitment to spiritual training.
B. This was a special Passover celebration for Jesus and his parents.
2. They had an appreciation for the Old Testament's admonition to train
a. Deuteronomy 11:19-21 ""You shall teach them to your children,
speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way,
when you lie down, and when you rise up. 20- And you shall write them on
the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21- that your days and the
days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the LORD swore
to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth."
1. Luke 2:42- "And when He was twelve years old, they went
up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast."
C. Have we made the same commitment to our children.
2. At twelve a Jewish boy became a "son of the Law"and an adult male
according to the community! This would be Jesus' first Passover since he
had become a "man" and would give him the opportunity to participate as
a man in the worship.
3. This must have been thrilling for Jesus parents as well. Their son
was no longer a child but now a man.
1. Ephesians 6:4- "And you, fathers, do not provoke your children
to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord."
2. We need to commit to train our children spiritually. If not, we may
raise a generation like those of Amos' day.
a. Amos 8:11-12 ""Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord
GOD, "That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor
a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the LORD. 12- They shall
wander from sea to sea, And from north to east; They shall run to and fro,
seeking the word of the LORD, But shall not find it."
"When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered
behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; 44- "but
supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day's journey, and
sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45- So when they did
not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him."
A. It is perfectly normal that Jesus would not have been missed
immediately on the way back.
IV. JESUS WAS SUBJECT TO HIS MOTHER AND FATHER (VERSE 51).
1. There were probably in a large group going back home. It
would have been easy to assume that he was with an aunt, uncle, or friend.
B. A great need to be grateful for our children.
2. But when it became obvious that he was missing they began to grow
1. They treasured their child.
2. Psalms 127:3-5 "Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The
fruit of the womb is a reward. 4- Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one's youth. 5- "Happy is the man who has his quiver
full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies
in the gate."
"Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to
them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart."
A. Jesus remained subject to his parents, even though he had
probably advanced beyond their wisdom and intelligence.
V. HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS ABOUT. (VERSES 46, 49)
1. Luke 2:51- "Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart."
B. He was subject to authority.
2. Jesus had reason to believe that he was smarter and wiser than his
parents, but he still willingly submitted to the Law
requirements to submit to the Lord.
a. Luke 2:47- "And all who heard Him were astonished at His
understanding and answers."
1. John 8:28, 29- "Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift
up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing
of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29- And He
who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always
do those things that please Him.""
2. Hebrews 5:8-9
A. He wanted to know more of his Father's will and desired
to gather all the wisdom that he could.
1. Luke 2:46- "Now so it was that after three days they found
Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening
to them and asking them questions."
B. He understood that he had a mission to do his heavenly Father's will.
1. Luke 2:49- "And He said to them, "Why did you seek Me? Did
you not know that I must be about My Father's business?""
2. Just as Jesus understood what his purpose was, we too can know what
we are all about.
a. Ecclesiastes 12:13- "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole
matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all."
CONCLUSION: Wouldn't it be great if we all "knew what we were about"
like Jesus. Jesus knew that the entire responsibility of God was to serve
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