‚X@He has abandoned His glory

Luke 2:39-52
Isaiah@53:1-3

‡T Jesus who became twelve years

@This morning, it is the last part considered to be Jesus prehistory. It is taken up the time that Jesus became 12 years old, but it does not seem that Luke's eyes settled on the one scene of the episode that there was in various ways for 12 years. I want to hear that why Luke choose this article and took it up, and what he is going to convey from here.

@"And His parents used to go to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast;" (41-42) It is about age of 12 years old; in Judea, the compulsory education of the child was performed in a synagogue, but, when he become 12 years old, he is freed from that duty. In Judea, 12 years old were age recognized as an adult man. Because Jesus became the 12 years old, He would go to Jerusalem (perhaps it was the first time). Jesus of 12 years old was absorbed in the shrine first experience. Particularly, it seems that Jesus has been attracted in interest to the story of "teachers", they thought that to teach the people who gathered in a shrine is their true vocation. Because they were teachers of the law and urbane intellectual, so to hear the story of them was not able to experience in the country such as Nazareth. It is natural that a boy of 12 years old lost count of time and has got separated from parents. However, the group of the pilgrim who came from Nazareth in the meantime arrived to the way home.

@The festival of the Passover was eight days from the Sabbath to the Sabbath. I do not know when Jesus got into the open ground which called the garden of gentiles and has got separated from parents, but perhaps the children of the similar age were managed collectively, and it seems that adults were the other actions (it seems to have been same as parents at night). I imagine that by chance the eye of the manager could not notice it. It would have neglected roll call busily to arrive at the way home on that day. The party who arrived at the way home walked the paths of one day, and when they were able to meet each other at night, they noticed for the first time that there was no Jesus. It seems in Jericho. Joseph and Mary parted from a group on the next morning, and returned to paths of one day to Jerusalem while looking for Jesus. And probably they found Jesus surrounded by teachers in the open ground of the shrine in the early morning of the third day, the next day.


‡U I have to be in My Father's house

@The parents were amazed and observed the state of the boy of 12 years old absorbed in the middle of teachers for a while. Because there is it, "all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers" (47), and it would be testimony of Mary; therefore, it would be also Mary herself who was "surprised". For them, it would be extremely rare to watch such a figure of Jesus, I imagine. When touched the first page which the usual life in Nazareth did not have, Mary may have felt something.

@However, Mary said. "Son, why have you treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You." (48) "Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you know that I had to be in My Father's house?" (49) Luke testifies that this answer of Jesus was mysterious for parents, but, it seems to emphasize the declaration of the shrine being "a house of His Father" for Jesus, too. "Father", of course, He is God. Now, Jesus who became a person was a good child for Joseph and Mary, and was in the process to grow up as a member of the Jewry, too. However, it was necessary to know the place where He Himself is standing now well. Of course, it is important to become a person as the Messiah thoroughly, but if He become a person as same as all us, it cannot carry out His duty as the Messiah. At that point that He threw away the glory which was sent by "father God", there was the duty as the Messiah. The cross will be such a thing. When Luke testified that "Did you not know that I had to be in My Father's house?", it was such a meaning; I hear it.

@However, it was not possible to imagine such a thing for parents. They merely worried for Jesus and came back to Jerusalem. Jesus met the worry of such parents, and came back to Nazareth obediently. But Luke seems to be conscious that the Jesus original place to stay is "a house of Father". So that, he chose the words; "And He went down with them." (51).


‡V He has abandoned His glory

@By the way, this article begin, "And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth. And the Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him." (39-40). This seems to be an independent phrase, but there is it in the same style at Verse 52, "And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men."; and the article of 12 years old of Jesus is inserted between these two repeated independence phrases. And intention of Luke who let appear 12 years old Jesus, seems to be suggested by these independence phrases. There are two things that I want to look.

@One of them, there is it in "grows", and "increasing in wisdom". About "the wisdom", it was strong impression in Mary who heard the exchanges with the teachers in Jerusalem, too. And, it is expressed, "And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and answers.", so it will be a keyword telling about Jesus of this time particularly, I think. By the way, such independent phrases are often inserted in this Gospel; and it is one characteristic, I think. At 1:80, there is an independent phrase about John the Baptist, but it resembles a thing of Jesus born under the same purpose of God very much. It is that "And the child continued to grow, and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts the day of his public appearance in Israel."; and here, it is in way of speaking different called "spirit" and "wisdom", but perhaps, it seems to be way of speaking including same contents. In other words, "to become strong in spirit", it might be a testimony of growth by the intervention of God. And, Jesus of 12 years old from whom ego began to bud, He considered it was His most important; and it became the way of speaking in "My father's house" in a shrine. And Luke, while he is considering those things, might have taken up Jesus of 12 years old in the shrine, I imagine it.

@And another one is in it, "the grace of God was upon Him" and "in favor with God and men". This is only not that Jesus was "loved (in particular) by God". We want to hear it like that, but this expression says that a person became age recognized as a member of society commonly. You may think it to be another expression of "Grew up rapidly". The eyes of Luke, it seems to be poured into the place that Jesus who was conscious of God with His "father" threw away such consciousness and became a person. Jesus, He came back to Nazareth, and "continued in subjection to them(parents)" (51), and was buried among Nazareth as an ordinary private citizen till He became 30 years old afterwards. One of the characteristic of this Gospel is to call Jesus "the Son of Man", and Luke emphasizes it repeatedly here. Why will be it? It was that He was hanged on the cross by bearing our crime in the position as the Messiah. An innocent One suffered our crime as His own thing, and He skipped our crime. Therefore, so that He was able to save us. Don't you hear the deep message of Luke here?