Daily D – Luke 2:49-50
Luke 2:49, 50 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked them. “Didn’t you know that it was necessary for me to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. (CSB)
We find Jesus’ first recorded words here. A couple of big ideas arise from his two simple questions. Note how Mary (again, not Joseph) asked Jesus two questions after finding him in the temple (verse 48). She asked Jesus two questions. Jesus asked two questions in reply.
Jesus asked first, “Why were you searching for me?” This is a powerful question. This is a question worth pondering. Why do people search for Jesus?
Why do you?
Why do I?
Fast forward a few years and we find two of John the Baptizer’s followers following Jesus. John 1:38 tells us, “When Jesus turned and noticed them following him, he asked them, ‘What are you looking for?’”
Jesus asked a lot of open-ended questions. We learn so much about the people he connects with through his questions and their answers. Here is a simple truth worth learning: Good questions get people talking. Non-threatening, open-ended questions deliver much more insight than direct statements or orders ever do.
When Jesus asked Mary and Joseph, “Why were you searching for me?”, he was not answering like a smart-aleck teenager. He knew who he was. He knew who they were. He was an obedient child (See verse 51). Questions we might ask ourselves from time to time and to others upon occasion are, Why do you search for Jesus? What do you want from him? What do you need?
Just a thought: It is always right and good to seek Jesus.
Another thought worth thinking: He is more interested in being found than you or I are in finding him.
Another big idea leaps from this text if we listen well to what Jesus says. His second question is, “Didn’t you know that it was necessary for me to be in my Father’s house?”
Jesus’ famous last words of commission are well known and often repeated, as they should be. We do not hear as much emphasis on these first words. Jesus knew who he was, as noted above. Jesus understood his unique, one-of-a-kind relationship with God the Father. “Didn’t you know that it was necessary for me to be in _my Father’s_ house?”
Years later, Jesus would teach his followers how to pray. He would offer them the greatest of gifts. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins his instruction about prayer with what not to do. (See Matthew 6:5-8.) Then he tells us what to do. In verse 9 he says, “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, . . .”
Jesus the boy becoming a man said, “Didn’t you know that it was necessary for me to be in my Father’s house?” Jesus the man and the Messiah says to pray “Our Father in heaven.” Jesus includes us in his relationship with God the Father.
Because of who he is, because of what he did for us on the cross, because of his resurrection and ascension and intercession for us, we can be included in our Father’s family.
“But they did not understand what he said to them.” Joseph and Mary did not fully comprehend the meaning of Jesus’ two questions. But Mary “kept all these things in her heart,” (verse 51). Every question from Jesus magnified her awe and wonder.
Jesus knew who he was. He knew where he needed to be. He did what he should do. Wise men, women, teenagers, and children still seek him. All who seek, find. All who find are welcome into his family and his eternal home.
To you, who is Jesus? Do you seek him? He is ready to be found by every searching heart.
I will seek to know and experience Jesus day by day and moment by moment.
Our Father, thank you for including us in your family. Thank you for seeking us and saving us. Thank you for your powerful questions. Thank you for always being the answer. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.