January 14, 2022
Scripture Resource Passage: Luke 2
During Jesus’ childhood, family-hope and faith revealed themselves through consistent determined practice: “Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover (Luke 2:41 emphasis added). Making the Jerusalem journey was faith’s testimony from Joseph and Mary.
Later, and further opening the family’s front door to public inspection reveals a twelve-year old Jesus participating in adult conversations of hope, faith and practice. “After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it (Like 2:43 NIV). Jesus appears to some as a theological-child-prodigy, sitting and discussion issues with adult leaders (Luke 2:46-47).
We ask, at Christmas and other times as well, “Is this the most beautiful child ever seen in human history?” Yes, and in contrast to the report of Isaiah 52:14 he remains beautiful.
Earlier, the prophet poetically proclaims, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns’” (Isaiah 52:7 ESV). May the promises of his full coming be quickly fulfilled.
Moving beyond Christmas, the open front door from a portion of Jesus’ childhood is an opportunity to deeply consider Scripture’s account in Luke 2.
We might be aided in our own journey if we consider our brothers and sisters in the first churches. When they heard this detailed episode’s report of Jesus’ childhood, or read the prophetic utterances of Isaiah, what might they have thought?
We are also free to ask for ourselves, “Why has God preserved such details in Scripture?”
Where do you find hope in the truth of Christ’s full coming?
How successful was your plan to share Christmas-hope with others?
Thank you for reading. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Grace and peace to each of you.