This Sunday we will be looking at two questions that Jesus asked…

Luke 2:41-52                          New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43 When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents were unaware of this. 44 Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously looking for you.” 49 He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he said to them. 51 Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them, and his mother treasured all these things in her heart.

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years and in divine and human favor.

This passage is interesting for a couple of reasons.  This story gives us the first recorded words of Jesus.  This is the only story in the Bible that we have from Jesus’ adolescence.  This passage is also the last mention of Joseph in the Bible.  Are these important to this story or simply insignificant trivia? 

What do you make of this story?  Can you relate to the parents’ frustration and worry?  What about Jesus’ response?

What do you think was the point of Jesus questions? 

This passage provides a bunch of different emotions… worry, anxiety, fear, anger, frustration, amazement, astonishment, confusion, love, and lack of emotion.  I really enjoy reading the progression of emotions within Mary.  How often do we experience several different emotions in one situation? 

I invite you to sit with these two questions of Jesus.  What is in these questions for us?  Can we resist the urge to answer the question and move on and sit with the why the questions were asked. 

Join us this Sunday and join the conversation. 

~ Pastor Dustin