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Why Have You Treated Us Like This?

At twelve our children seem to us to be young and somewhat incapable yet to others they clearly see the maturity and independence of a young adult. Such it is that at the age of twelve for Jesus. His parents loose Him. They are overly anxious when they retrace their steps and do find Him back in Jerusalem, their starting place going home. They then ask, "Child, why have your treated us like this?"

Masterfully Jesus compassionately points out to His parents that they will always know where He is-- He'll be safe within Heavenly Father's Presence doing God's will. For when we bring our children up in the Christian faith we trust God that they are safe in Christ.

Trust rightly put, Jesus says, "Come to Me all you who labour and are heavy laden" (Matthew 11:28) reflecting His enormous compassion for what concerns us. And like Jesus' parents who search and find Him, we too go into action as we are compelled by trust to verify that the children abide in Christ's will.


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Scripture today:

41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43 When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents were unaware of this. 44 Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously looking for you.” 49 He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he said to them. 51 Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them, and his mother treasured all these things in her heart.

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in yearsand in divine and human favor. Luke 2:41-52


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