Tuesday, July 08, 2014


So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”  And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”  (Luke 2:48-49)
Get the picture: a large entourage is leaving Jerusalemcamels in a caravan, aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws have made the pilgrimage to Passover observance and now returning to Nazareth.  Perhaps, Mary is near the back of the pack, and Joseph is in the lead, each of them sure that such a responsible Lad as Jesus was with the other parent.  Then they stop and a parents worst nightmare strikes terror into their heartstheir son is missing!  It would take three days to find Him. 
There is a scolding tone implied in Marys words to Him (and I paraphrase)—“Your father and I have been frantic!  Jesus isnt disrespectful, but He does set the record straight—“My father?  Dont you recall who My Father isand I have to carry out His assignment. 
Jesus knew who He was.  Already at the age of twelve, He had a consciousness of His Sonship.
Although Joseph had an earthly responsibility as an adoptive father, Jehovah had an eternal relationship as the Almighty Father.  Being the virgin-born Sonthe only Begotten SonGod was the Father of Jesus in a unique way.  But, we who have had a second, spiritual birth can now claim to be God's children also.  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”  (John 1:12-13) 
Jesus understood that His relationship came with both resources and responsibilities.  He had authority from His Father and accountability to His Father. 
So do all Gods children!
As we cultivate this consciousness of our sonship we will be led to exert our authority and exercise our responsibility.  We will be about our Fathers businessthe business of being dealers in hopeletting others know that they too can become the children of God.


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