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Saturday, December 28, 2002

Edifier du Jour Luke 2:41-52(NASB)
41 Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast; 43 and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it, 44 but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day's journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him. 46 Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. 48 When they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, "Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You." 49 And He said to them, "Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father's house?" 50 But they did not understand the statement which He had made to them. 51 And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Continuing along with what I was thinking yesterday, I wonder how Jesus learned the scriptures so well at age 12. Would it have been that the scriptures were hard-wired so that he didn’t have to memorize them? Was the human brain he had gifted with given an eidetic memory such that he picked up everything he heard in synagogue the first time? Did his perfect nature give him wisdom beyond his years? This interesting interlude in Jesus’ life leaves us looking for more tidbits of his pre-ministry life, yet the details might be deliberately elusive. We get a couple of essays on his birth, a fast forward to an incident in his teen years and another fast, forward to adulthood and the ministry days. I think those were left off so that we could focus on the message of salvation that he brings. We don’t have a clue of what he looks like; the light-skinned fellow we see in pictures was likely stockier and darker. If we did, we’d be subject to a run of idolatry, where people would wear their hair like He did or have cosmetic surgery for a “Jesus nose.” Paintings would be more venerated, as we looked at what our Savior looked like. We’re left without anything to put into the “Jesus, the Nazareth Years” miniseries nor a good picture from which to cast the hero. We’re left only with a picture of God’s heart. That is good enough for me, for the rest would get in the way of looking at the heart of our Lord.

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