Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (Luke 2:41-52)
Today's Morsel: Do you ever wonder if Jesus got a spanking? Even though He was twelve years old when mentioned here, I think Mary and Joseph may have given him a pretty good scolding for His actions. Scripture says that after this, He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but His mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. He became submitted to his parents, and as a result of His submission, He matured and grew in both wisdom and favor with God and man. W hen we are submissive to those over us, we too will gain wisdom and grow in favor with God and man. Submission isn't about someone lording over you, it's about gaining an umbrella of protection for your soul. Even though Jesus was God in flesh, His examples for us is how to respect authority over us, especially our parents. If we follow His example, we will grow and mature in Him.
Sing: Make me what I ought to be, help me to be more like Thee. Bid me come up higher, till Thy face I see, Lord, help me to be more like Thee.