...when they saw Him, the were overwhelmed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You treated us like this? Listen, Your father and I have been [greatly distressed and] anxiously looking for You.” And He answered, “Why did you have to look for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” But they did not understand what He had said to them.
He went down to Nazareth with them, and was continually submissive and obedient to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and in stature, and in favour with God and men.(Luke 2:48-52 AMP)
Submission to authority has been an area in life where I really struggled with, especially to abusive authority. But the Lord, our good Shepherd, He leads by example. The Holy Spirit in the book of Luke gives us a view of Jesus Christ’s life as a 12-year-old boy, He already discovered His gift of teaching the word and He passionately pursued it. He puts it this way, He was about His Father’s business. This implores that self discovery precedes developing and strengthening your discovered gifts which is God’s business that you should be passionately pursue.
“Self discovery precedes developing and strengthening your discovered gifts which is God’s business that you should be passionately pursue.”
His parents, after the Passover festival, left heading home and assumed He was with them only to frantically search for Him for three days and find Him in the temple both listening to the teachers and asking questions. All who heard Him were amazed by His intelligence and His understanding and His answers. No doubt He was a smart chap.
But what does Jesus do? How does He respond? He answers them saying, “Why did you have to look for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” He then went He went down to Nazareth with them, and was continually submissive and obedient to them. From His response we see can draw out several things.
Firstly, it is God who in His divine plan planted Him under the authority of His parents. Remember His ways are higher than our own ways even though we do not understand, we have to trust Him by submitting and growing where He has planted us. Second, the Lord was passionate and He was ready to pursue His destiny, the will His Father had for Him.
Third, we see that although He was gifted, very intelligent and ready to pursue His calling as a child, His parents were not and they did not approve of it. We see that although He was not wrong pursuing His calling, remember Jesus who knew no sins this means He never rebelled any authority including His parents. Jesus submitted to the authority God planted Him under, He went down to Nazareth with them. Because of His wilful submission, the next verse records that the Lord kept increasing in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and men. What a reward for submission!!!
No matter where you are planted today, I just want to encourage you to stay submitted, ask for wisdom from Him who gives freely, so that you may know how to behave and pray for the authority God placed you under.
This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem: “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”
This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let your prophets and fortune-tellers who are with you in the land of Babylon trick you. Do not listen to their dreams, because they are telling you lies in my name. I have not sent them,” says the Lord.
This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:8-11 (NLT)