Sunday, December 30, 2018

Jesus’ Childhood. Patterns of Behavior. Update.

For “Scripture Sunday”:

Jesus’ Childhood

“There is only one biblical reference to Jesus’ childhood—a curious record of family trauma when Jesus was 12. What does this story tell us about Jesus?

The only story in the Bible of Jesus childhood is the time He stayed behind at the temple (temple model photo by David Treybig).

The only story in the Bible of Jesus' childhood is the time He stayed behind at the temple.

John 21:25 tells us that there were so many remarkable incidents in the life of Jesus Christ, that if they were all written down, the number of volumes would be beyond measure. What He accomplished in the 3½ years of His ministry is astounding. Thankfully, we have four Gospel writers who record a great deal of what took place, including specific details surrounding His birth.

Interestingly, Luke’s account of Jesus’ life tells of something that took place when Jesus was 12 years of age. No other Gospel writer includes this story or mentions anything about Jesus’ childhood. There is much we can learn from this fascinating story.

An exceptional Child

Luke 2:40 gives a summary statement describing Jesus’ development from infancy to age 12: “And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.”

Jesus experienced a natural maturing process similar to any growing boy, but He was especially endowed with God’s Spirit and grace from birth so that He was far advanced beyond other 12-year-olds when it came to grasping the Word of God and spiritual principles.

We also see that Jesus was reared in a devoutly religious home, as shown in the next two verses. His family faithfully followed God’s instruction concerning the annual religious festivals. The story we are exploring involves a family pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the annual feast of Passoverand Days of Unleavened Bread and what took place shortly after.

Interestingly, social scientists today have confirmed the benefits for children growing up in a religious environment. Dr. Pat Fagan is the director of the Center for Research on Marriage and Religion and senior fellow at the Marriage and Religion Research Institute in Washington, D.C. After compiling the findings of over 100 independent social scientists over the last two decades on the effect that church attendance has on the lives of kids, he said, “When policymakers consider America’s grave social problems, including violent crime and rising illegitimacy, substance abuse, and welfare dependency, they should heed the findings in the professional literature of the social sciences on the positive consequences that flow” from faithful church attendance (Rob Kerby, “Church Kids Less Likely to Divorce or Live in Poverty,”

Jesus’ family life

Learning at an early age that there is a God and that each person is made in His image provides a healthy atmosphere for well-adjusted children. Joseph and Mary furnished a home centered on God’s love, His commandments and His way of life, which is undoubtedly one reason God selected them to provide His Son’s early childhood development.

Luke 2:43-44 begins to give some interesting insight into the dynamics of this special family. After the festivals, as the family caravan was a day’s journey from Jerusalem on their way toward home, it was discovered that Jesus was not with the group. How could they have gone so far without realizing this?

First of all, Jesus must have been a boy who had earned His parents’ confidence and trust. Joseph and Mary were obviously relying on Jesus to act in a responsible manner during the trip home from Jerusalem. They had learned by this time that their oldest child was a very reliable, capable and dependable youth. Had He been unpredictable or immature, then they would have felt the need to oversee His whereabouts more closely. But apparently they had no reason to expect anything out of the ordinary.

Joseph and Mary assumed He was traveling with another family or relatives and didn’t inquire as to His whereabouts until later that day. This was understandable behavior on their part since there was no way they could have envisioned anything other than reliable conduct from their Son and a normal trip home to Nazareth after the Passover festival.

They were startled to find that He was not with the caravan; and then, filled with concern, they spent the next day traveling back to Jerusalem amid great consternation hoping to find Him safe.

Found in the temple

It appears it was on the third day after the festival that they found Him in the temple area. He was not playing with other boys, lost or even scared to be on His own. He was instead involved in serious discussions with some of the learned teachers of the law in Jerusalem, “both listening to them and asking them questions” (Luke 2:46).

Rather than being annoyed by one so youthful, these intelligent men were astounded by Jesus’ questions and responses and, most importantly, by His grasp of deep theological topics. Luke’s account says, “All who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers” (verse 47). Truly they were in the presence of a very divinely gifted young man.

Once He was located, Joseph and Mary were relieved to find Jesus safe. Yet at the same time they were bewildered by their Son’s surprising behavior and seeming lack of appreciation for the anxiousness He had caused.

Mary took the lead in asking what it all meant. It seems Joseph remained quiet for the moment and allowed her to speak for them both. Perhaps it is because Jesus was conceived in her womb or, being a woman, she was the one more emotionally distraught after the days of searching, but Mary now sought an answer from her Son.

Jesus’ mother showed wisdom and self-control in that she first inquired about her Son’s intent. She asked in verse 48, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”

Many parents would automatically allow their frustration or anger to dictate their action and might lash out at their child for causing such distress, but she apparently knew her Son had never been irresponsible or rebellious and so she sought an honest understanding of what He was doing.

Jesus responded to His mother’s inquiry by saying, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (verse 49). Jesus did not give prior warning that He intended to remain in Jerusalem. Perhaps He hoped, that Joseph and Mary would conclude that He had important work to accomplish and that they would not worry when He turned up missing.

Spiritual understanding

Jesus must have had some very profound conversations with His parents growing up. His mother would have related the story of His birth and what Gabriel said when he appeared to her nine months prior to His birth. Jesus also had His Father’s Spirit without measure (John 3:34). He had a strong grasp of His own purpose for being on the earth. The zeal to please His Heavenly Father and do the work of God would have burned strongly in Him even at this time in His young life.

So, perhaps Jesus felt His parents, on this occasion, would consider all this and that it would allay any anxiety concerning His whereabouts. Of course, parental concern for their 12-year-old was so strong that they were not fully able to understand what He said to them (Luke 2:50).

Now that His parents had returned for Him, Jesus knew He would later launch into His life’s work and undertake His Father’s business. But for now Jesus determined to return to Nazareth and continue to be subject to Joseph and Mary (verse 51).

Jesus’ Heavenly Father did not intend His Son to begin His great public ministry for another 18 years. By then He would be ready to face the greatest challenge any man could ever face.

Why did Luke record this event?

There is a reason God inspired Luke to record this amazing account in Jesus’ childhood. We see from this circumstance that this extraordinary family went through life experiences as any normal family does, with real feelings, emotions, cares and sometimes confusion felt by family members, including Jesus’ brothers and sisters (see John 7:3-4).

All three of the key players in this account showed godly responses to the circumstances they faced and ended up maturing as individuals. Joseph and Mary had much to ponder concerning their Son and His special gifts, and Jesus grew in understanding of His role as a son and emerged with a greater grasp of God’s will for Him. Yet, through it all, no one sinned and the parent-child relationship was strengthened not damaged.

What guided these three individuals are the principles found in God’s Word, the Bible. They were also helped by the Holy Spirit that came from our Heavenly Father.

If you would like to learn more about God’s purpose for your life and how that Spirit and truth can guide your life, then continue to explore the information found on this website. We hope you do.”



 Patterns of Behavior

“In this rapid-pace society, it is difficult to build strong, lasting business or personal relationships.

A young woman sitting on a boulder.     Katie Drazdauskaite/Unsplash

It takes courage to love others, but the dividends are huge. We tend to avoid being hurt by others and often wear our protective coat. Pain also develops character in us, so do not even be afraid to show godly love.

Here is something gleaned from a book on marriage by Dr. Ed Wheat that can be applied to every-day behavior. Strive to be your BEST:

B—Be a blessing to others; be a help where possible.

E—Edify. Build up others rather than tear down.

S—Share yourself with others; be vulnerable (it can be risky, but it deepens and bonds real relationships).

T—Touch others; don’t be afraid to give a warm handshake, a pat on the back or a hug when appropriate.

It takes courage to love others, but the dividends are huge. We tend to avoid being hurt by others and often wear our protective coat. Pain also develops character in us, so do not even be afraid to show godly love. Love suffers long, is kind, does not envy, does not parade itself and is not puffed up. It bears all things, hopes all things and endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

We can make the BEST a part of our daily lives. One danger we face is expecting a reward or sign of appreciation. Do the right thing and walk on by without seeking payment. It takes courage and wisdom, but the greatest action we can take is love.” From:



Same old thing, using any spare moments listing stuff for sale and trying to get people to come and look at it.  The weather hasn’t co-operated at all. 

Jay did come and work one day, and we replaced some old treated boards on the bridge over the ditch.  Then we tackled a big dent in the driveway which kept on collecting rain, which made it worse.  Jay dug some of it out to make a rectangle, made a form, and we mixed up three bags of cement and smoothed it out.  I didn’t drive on it for several days, so it is great now.

The next day was Christmas, and even though I don’t celebrrate it, I did go to Luby’s with some friends. When I returned home I had two separate visits.  First, Michelle, one of my granddaughters, and then her father, my son, Kevin and his fianceé Dora.  That was so great of them to remember this old lady. 

About then, my eye that had the cataract surgery, felt different, I don’t know if that is normal, it feels like there is constantly something in my eye.  But doctor’s offices aren’t open during the holidays.

The loveseat, ottoman and rug which my friend had stored for me smelled of dog …she has seven of them.  So Zack, my neighbor and I got my carpet shampooer out, and got to work.  As that furniture is in the mini-house we turned on one of the water heaters, the little one under the kitchen sink, but we couldn’t get any hot water for the shampooer.  OK!  Now what!  Found out that the water lines to the faucet were crossed under the sink.  We will have to fix that. The rug was cleaned, but there was something wrong with the upholstery part of the shampooer, and so we knew we would have to fix that, too. Things go in threes, so then the clothes dryer wasn’t drying properly.  Oh! “The Joys of Ownership”.

A friend came by and we tried out the new Panda Express Chinese restaurant in town, Willis, TX, that is. 

The next day, my van had been loaded with boxes and boxes of stuff from the storage place that my friend is emptying out, we took it all to the Women’s Center in Conroe. Then stopped at a Mexican restaurant on the way back.  Truly Mexican, and I don’t speak Spanish, but I ate a good meal there, even though the waitress didn’t bring me exactly what I wanted. 

So I ate out three times in one week, that must be a record for me. As usual, I was not impressed with eating factory farmed food and veggies with Round-Up,  I prefer to cook and eat my own organic food.  When I got home I cooked grass-fed ground beef, with a lot of organic potatoes, carrots, onions, with a bit of organic brown rice and seaonngs, for the church potluck.  That went over very well, and there was none left.  The pastor and his wife were there, nearly over their colds, but the elder who plays the guitar was out of town visiting his folks, so we had taped music.  

The Bible readings were Gen. 34:1-35-11, Nah. 1:12-2:10, Mat. 5:38-48. The Teaching was about “The Christian Calling.”  1 John 2:12.

There weren’t many at church maybe because it was a cold, dreary, rainy day, but for those who attended it was a happy day.

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