Sunday, January 5, 2020
“And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49 KJV).
And, just what is the Lord Jesus’ Father’s “business?”
Some have gone to great lengths to shed light on Jesus’ mysterious childhood. Since the Four Gospel Records—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—say almost nothing about it, denominationally-minded people have taken in hand the task of fabricating New Testament “apocryphal” literature. Such non-inspired writings are passed off as “God’s Word,” allegedly equal to the canonical Scripture. These spurious works contain accounts of Jesus’ boyhood adventures. What farces they are!
Friends, chapter 2 of the Book of Luke and chapter 2 of the Book of Matthew are the only authoritative records of Christ’s childhood. The Gospel Record as penned by Doctor Luke provides the greatest insight. Over the course of the next several studies, we will concentrate on Luke’s account and how it relates exactly what God the Holy Spirit would have us know concerning Jesus’ youthful days.
Today’s Scripture in context: “ Now his [Jesus’] 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?”
Truly, young Jesus Christ has engaged in His Father’s “business….”