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?”
Mary and Joseph were experiencing parental panic in the extreme.
This was not like losing a child in a store. It was not like looking for them throughout the neighborhood and finding them later in the day. This was for three days. Sleepless nights. The weight of the charge given by God to be the parent to the Chosen One of Israel; the Messiah. Panic had truly set in!
Then, to see Jesus sitting amongst the learned doctors and wise men in the gate must have been both disturbing and a relief. We are privy to Mary’s first statement:
“Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.”
Twelve years had passed. Comfort and routine had set in since the days of the shepherd’s visit, the wise men, the flight to Egypt and return to Nazareth. Days were spent in the carpenter’s shop with Joseph. Jesus was an obedient Son. Never one time did He ever sin. Never one time did He ever rebel or disobey, talk back, or neglect His chores.
But this journey to Jerusalem had unsettled them.
In her statement to Jesus, she called Joseph, His father. He corrected her gently by saying:
“How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”
At age thirteen, a young Jewish boy will come to be accountable for their actions. Bar Mitzvah meaning son of the commandment is when the young boy comes of age. The silent argument is that while away from His parents, Jesus received from God the Father, His life’s work and purpose.
From Joseph and Mary’s perspective, they were now presented with the reason for going through the trial of Mary’s miraculous pregnancy. Earlier in Luke 2, Simeon and Anna, the prophetess both come and tell Joseph and Mary some fantastic things that now at age twelve, were just now beginning.
The false doctrine that calls Joseph Jesus’ father is worth noting. It was not of any seed of man that Mary became pregnant. The Holy Ghost came upon her and God broke Adam’s curse of man’s sinful nature. Without this line of demarcation, Jesus would be born like you and me and would exhibit that it was a matter of character to withhold from sinning instead of the pure, precious blood shed that washes away our sin.
His birth was supernatural.
The difference between Christianity and any other religion is what you believe about Jesus. You can cut to the chase in any debate by defining what is believed about His birth, His life, His death, burial, and resurrection.
Without the biblical belief that Jesus is who He says He is, you only have a ‘hope so’ salvation instead of the ‘know so’ salvation of the Bible.
Some may argue that the definition of this thing about Joseph being father to Jesus versus the Heavenly Father is just semantics when in fact, words matter.
When your belief is doctrinally, and biblically sound, you will have an unshakeable confidence that can stand against the oppression and opposition that will inevitably come. You can also engage in discussion to possibly lead others out of the false doctrine to the light of the true gospel.
Day by day, we can learn at the feet of Jesus. We can be taught in the quiet confidence of the Holy Spirit’s teaching.
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”