Didn't You Know ? I Must Be About My Father's Business
A Twelve Year Old Jesus
One of the greatest revelations that we receive as avid readers of the bible, is that it is not only a book of history, but more a book of His Story. The bible makes known to us the Life of Jesus, even before our Savior was made flesh, and dwelt among us. We are told that, " In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
As we walk through the hallowed pages of God's word, we see that The Immaculate conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit of God is recorded in scripture. We are allowed to feel the intense pressure and disappointment of Mary and Joseph, His parent's, as they entered an over-crowded Bethlehem at the time for her to deliver. We show heartfelt deep regret seeing our Savior and King, born in a lowly manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes, because there was no room for them at the Inns.
The pages also unfold and release the wrath, anger, and hatred of Herod, as he realizes that a King is born, who will save his people, and he pronounces a death sentence on all of the children in the region who are two years old and younger. And Mary and Joseph are instructed by the spirit of God, to go into Egypt, where the child would be safe. Then according to Luke's Gospel, we see Jesus again at twelve years old, in the temple.
Luke 2: 41-49,
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 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 ?
A Twelve Year Old Jesus.
Jesus had not turned water into wine. Jesus had not opened one blinded eye, or made a deaf ear to hear. Jesus had not cast out a single demon. He had not healed any one of leprosy, or any other sickness or disease. Jesus had not raised anyone from the dead. He had not justified a woman caught in the act of adultery. He had not taken two fish, and five loaves of bread, and fed five thousand men, not counting the women and children. He had not walked on water. But here he is, A Twelve Year Old Jesus, sitting in the temple, talking with the elders, hearing them and asking them questions.
We must take notice, that at this time, Jesus was on an unexcused absence. His parents had no knowledge of his whereabouts. They thought that he was in the company of their friends and family, and had traveled one whole day, headed home, when they came to know that the child Jesus was nowhere to be found. And if that wasn't enough, after returning to Jerusalem, they spent another three days in search of Jesus. Alarmed, terrified, and exhausted, they find their child, sitting in the temple, calm and relaxed, talking about the word of God with the Elders.
And when he is posed the question of his behavior by his mother, a Twelve Year Old Jesus replies to his wearied, worn, and worried parents, " Didn't You Know, I Must Be About My Father's Business ?"
Why Is Twelve Important
I realized, after beginning to write this hub, that the number twelve is very important in the kingdom of God.
Here are some representations of twelve:
Twelve represents the number of Government, or the Rule of God.
Twelve is a beginning point, an age of maturity for boys in many cultures.
Twelve is number of the Sons of Jacob.
Twelve is the number of the Apostles of Christ.
National sacrifices and offerings were usually done in twelves.
There are Twelve major joints in our bodies.
Twelve signs of the Zodiac.
Twelve Heavenly Bodies in our Solar System.
Twelve Judges over Israel.
The Kingdom of Heaven has Twelve foundations.
Walls which are twelve by twelve.
There are twelves pearls (One for each gate)
Twelve legions of angels.
We Must Be About Our Father's Business
Only Twelve Years Old, and Jesus had already grasped a full and complete knowledge of His mission and assignment. Jesus showed His commitment and dedication to do the Divine Will of God to his parents, and all that were present in the temple. Jesus is later recorded as saying, " I came to do the Will of Him that sent me, and to FINISH the Work."
In all of our neighborhoods and communities, there are churches on nearly every corner. There are multitudes of men and women, called by God, on purpose, and for purpose. But, the question I must ask is, How many of us are being about our Father's Business ?
Many men and women of God are now consumed with building the largest edifice, or with having one church in multiple locations, in order that they may say to the world, Look at what I'VE accomplished. While the vast majority of their congregants have never been led to the saving Grace of God, and are perishing right before their eyes.
Far too many leaders and shepherds of God's people have succumbed to establishing their own fame, fortune, and reputation, rather than being about the business of leading souls to Christ. Far too many men and women of God are holding steadfastly to a church mentality, when Jesus came preaching KINGDOM.
The day is far spent, and the hour is at hand, when we shall all see the Son of Man come in all of his glory. The time is close at hand, that we will stand before the judgment seat of God, and give an account of ourselves. As the curtains close on this year, and we hope to see the dawning of days to come, let us re-commit ourselves, and get back to being about our Father's business.