There’s been a lot of families talked about throughout The Story so far, and God has his hand in all of them. Remember Abraham and Sarah? Over 100 years old and they have a BABY?! Samson’s parent’s who can’t have a child, falling pregnant as well. The youngest, most quiet, smallest sons that, with God’s guidance, help lead a nation. Moses, who if he’d been in any other situation, would have been destined to be a slave. But God had his hands and his workings on all of these situations.
And yet all of these events, families, miracles, supernatural pregnancies, are leading up to the birth of one very important man.
We all know the story of Mary and Joseph, just a normal engaged couple living in the town of Nazareth. Until one day, Mary told Joseph that she was pregnant with the son of God.
When it comes to relationship deal breakers, it’s fair that ‘pregnant with the Son of God’ is right up there. Joseph couldn’t deal with the news that his fiancé was pregnant, and it wasn’t his baby, and almost decided to break it off with her. People were talking, gossiping, not believing that Mary was telling the truth. But it wasn’t until an Angel of God appeared to Joseph and told him that Mary was telling the truth that he decided it didn’t matter what people thought, and he was going to stay with Mary.
So the couple travelled to Bethlehem to have the baby boy, who they named Jesus as the Angel had told them to. Now, people had heard Jesus was being born, and it eventually got back to King Herod. Pretty intrigued, and pretty threatened that this so-called ‘King’ had been born, he sent men to scope out the situation. But when they found out that King intended to kill Jesus, they warned Mary and Joseph and they ran from King Herod.
They hid for a while, until they were told it was safe to go back a few years later. So they moved back to Nazareth, and Jesus has a pretty normal upbringing.
It’s not until he is 12 that we hear about him again. The three of them are in Jerusulem for the Festival of the Passover, but on the last day, Mary and Joseph start heading home by foot, assuming Jesus is with them. They travel for an ENTIRE DAY before they realise that Jesus is nowhere to be seen. I used trusty Google maps, and found out that to walk for an entire day, we would be about as far as Tailem Bend! If that means nothing to you, Mt Barker (where Easter camp was held) is a 6 hour walk, so imagine walking the distance from Seeds to Easter camp THREE TIMES, and that’s how far away your son is!
So they go back to Jerusalem and look for Jesus everywhere. It takes them three days to find him! Three whole days of wondering where Jesus could be. And so, understandably, they are pretty annoyed at him. They ask him why he left them, and explained that they had no idea where he was.
He answered pretty simply, “Why were you searching for me…Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
Jesus had been teaching people in the church about God – a twelve year old boy!
So for this chapter, reflect on Jesus as a child. We hear so much about him as a man, but he clearly was living out his purpose as Son of God and Saviour of Man from a young age! I can’t wait to see what the next few chapters have in store, stay tuned!