Revelation of Jesus is the greatest help to our lives on earth.
Luke 2: 48-49
When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, ‘Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.’ ‘Why were you searching for me?’ he asked. ‘Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?
- They were offended that there was no communication on what his plans were.
- They were embarrassed because it seemed the whole world knew they hadn’t any idea where he was.
- They feared the worst.
- They were distressed and tormented (amplified) which was quite the opposite of the teachers of the law who were impressed by him.
- They wanted to know why.
His response was with the same question. Why?
There seems to be a division on this question.
Jesus wanted to know why they didn’t know where he would be before they had set out for home.
“Why don’t you know?”
All the above points can be said of us today.
Offended, embarrassed, fearful, distressed, tormented, are all feelings we can have towards God over the situation we find ourselves in. Why God?
And the response is something like this:
Why after 12 years (or whatever period of time you have been a Christian) have you so taken me for granted that you still do not know me? Why have you not grown in your learning? All those feelings are a result of not knowing who I am.
Our understanding of the revelation of who He is will impact our lives in the decisions we make.
We may sympathise with Joseph and Mary and yet all those feelings of despair they felt as parents was unnecessary if there had been a growing understanding and desire even to know Jesus more.