Day 1 of 10

The Ultimate Father


Luke 2.41-43

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

41 Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival.42When Jesus was twelve years old, they went to the festival as usual.43When the festival was over, they started back home, but the boy Jesus stayed in Jerusalem. His parents did not know this;

Introduction

Do you crave time with a dad who knows you completely and loves you perfectly? Jesus did. He had a stepdad, but there was no comparison.

You know the story. Joseph was there when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Joseph and Mary raised him in Nazareth. Joseph was a carpenter, and so Jesus probably went through his share of Band-Aids. But Joseph wasn’t Jesus’ ultimate Father. Jesus was totally God and totally human. No one else has ever had that incredible combination. That reality begins to play out when his parents leave Jerusalem, but Jesus stays in the city. Let’s continue the story and notice how Jesus was drawn to his ultimate Father.

Luke 2.44-52

44they thought that he was with the group, so they traveled a whole day and then started looking for him among their relatives and friends.45They did not find him, so they went back to Jerusalem looking for him.46On the third day they found him in the Temple, sitting with the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions.47All who heard him were amazed at his intelligent answers.48His parents were astonished when they saw him, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you.”

49He answered them, “Why did you have to look for me? Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?”50But they did not understand his answer.

51So Jesus went back with them to Nazareth, where he was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.52 Jesus grew both in body and in wisdom, gaining favor with God and people.

Reflection

  • How do Joseph and Mary react when they find Jesus?
  • What is so important to us about Jesus’ answer to Joseph and Mary? Why is this relationship with his ultimate Father a priority to Jesus?
  • How does this story encourage you considering your family situation? Thank God the Father for his presence in your life and that he’s the perfect, always-present Father.