Luke 2:48-49 “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?”
In every age and in every culture, there are words that are befitting the times. New words spring up; colloquialisms and slang that give way to words and meanings that were never before used. Even the word father or daddy has numerous meanings that you must be careful how you use it or to what it is you are referring.
The ‘immaculate conception’ as it is referred, is the miraculous way that Mary found herself to be pregnant, unmarried, and seemingly by no man on earth. It was the beginning of the fulfilling of the prophecies of the coming Messiah. It was the Holy Ghost that planted the seed within her to cause her to become pregnant. If it were Joseph’s seed, Jesus would not have been the pure, perfect, spotless Lamb of God. He would have been born with the sinful nature of the first Adam.
Because Jesus broke that line of succession, He became the Second Adam.
1 Corinthians 15:45 “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”
When you think on all that Joseph had gone through to get this place. Here, Jesus is twelve years old. Joseph has endured the mocking, the whispered gossip, the looks of disdain and pharisee’s pointed fingers. When he tried to explain, one had to have faith to accept all that Joseph had to say. Mary’s visitation by an angel, his dream and then a baby appears… all of this makes for one elaborate story.
Joseph was Jesus’ father, and yet, he performed all the duties of a father up until this point. You see, in the Jewish culture, it is at age twelve or thirteen that a young man finds out what his occupation in life will be. Given to him of his father, a young man learns that he may be a farmer, a seller of linens, raising cattle, sheep or a carpenter. Today it is known as the Bar Mitzvah.
I believe that at this place and time in Jesus’ life, His Heavenly Father revealed to Him what was His purpose in life. In such obedience, He went about to do what He was told right away. So, when Mary and Joseph find Jesus in the temple conversing with the wise and learned men there, her worry, and frustration had reached a peak and she said;
“Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.”
Jesus was very quick to rebuke His mother as to the error of her statement.
Luke 2:49 “And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”
The Bible capitalizes ‘Father’ on purpose. He was saying to Mary, her husband, Joseph is not my father. Ouch! Truth often cuts like a knife, hits like the blow of a hammer, and pokes us with a sharpness that causes pain; but it is truth just the same. Never one time, do we hear of Joseph rebelling, complaining, or being contrary to the fact that he was not Jesus’ father.
In Heaven, it will be amazing to sit and hear from Joseph, just how he dealt with all the challenges that he and Mary faced. Jason Crabb sang this song that epitomizes the thoughts of what it may have been like: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF1xVMwn7JU). Take some time and reflect as you listen. What if that were you?
Joseph chose the high road. He stood to protect Mary and Jesus. He fulfilled all he was called upon to do.