Tuesday, October 4, 2016

CHILDHOOD IS A TIME OF BEING CAREFREE PROVIDING WE DO NOT LIVE IN DYSFUNCTIONAL HOUSEHOLDS. Jesus Lived In A Household Where A Sense Of Propriety Reigned. Many people wonder what the childhood of Jesus would have been like.

Harry Riches
Harry Riches Answer requested by Noren Lee

A careful reading of the incident at the Jerusalem Temple, when Jesus was twelve years old, reveals quite a bit about the Son of God.
When he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast, and when they had fulfilled the days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. Joseph and his mother didn’t know it, but supposing him to be in the company, they went a day’s journey, and they looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances. When they didn’t find him, they returned to Jerusalem, looking for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the middle of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When they saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us this way? Behold, your father and I were anxiously looking for you.”
He said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” They didn’t understand the saying which he spoke to them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth. He was subject to them, and his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.” (Luke 2:42-51)
What we find is Jesus is very conscious of His true Father. Mary and Joseph do not have the same consciousness, even though they are aware that they have the charge of a very special child. This is evidenced by Jesus' mother's comment: "Why have you treated us this way?" One gets the impression that they felt they were being tested regarding their responsibility. This is an important point for parents to take note because children are their responsibility. However, in this incident, it appears that their expectations were so high regarding Jesus' behavior that they had become lax. For they did not bother to see whether Jesus was with them when they left the temple, they assumed that He would have been with their company of relatives and acquaintances.

This passage regarding the visit to the temple at Jerusalem highlights that Jesus not only asked poignant questions but also gave answers that demonstrated advanced learning. This also highlights the possibility that at the age of twelve, children should be accountable for their actions. For we also note that Jesus from that time forth was subject to Mary and Joseph. In other words, Jesus chose to obey His Earthly parents.

Jesus evidently grew up in an environment where He did not covet, and because of this, He had no cause to bear false witness and blame others for things He should not have done.Instead of taking things without asking, Jesus was creative (as His mother knew—cf. John 2:2-9). We know Jesus sought only to do the Father’s will; therefore, teenage sexual issues and jealousy and envy were not problems He encountered. In which case, Jesus, the Son of God, rested in the knowledge of Who His Father was and demonstrated a maturity at which we can only marvel (Luke 2:46-47).—excerpted from The Only Words Written By The Finger Of God.

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