When [Jesus’] parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” (Luke 2:48)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Can you imagine your life if the worst upset you ever gave your parents was slipping off from them so you could spend more time learning God’s Word? Of course, neither can your parents. We aren’t born with the desire to stuff ourselves full of divine knowledge and to wrestle with that knowledge until it becomes wisdom.
Even Mary and Joseph couldn’t grasp the depth of Jesus’ commitment to His Father’s will. His explanation confused them as much as His actions and still “they did not understand.” His single-minded devotion to the Father wasn’t intended to vex His mother and His guardian. It was, instead, a sign of His commitment to undo Satan’s damage.
This simple, unswerving allegiance to the Word showed itself years later, when we see Him for the first time since He departed the temple as a 12-year-old. The Scriptures that He discussed with the teachers became His weapons against Satan’s temptations. They then were the heart of His ministry and their fulfillment was ever His stated goal. Finally, just as He lived according to their prophecies, so He died. And so, “according to the Scriptures,” He rose again on the third day.
Jesus’ commitment to His Father’s will and Word also testifies to His commitment to you. The boy Jesus who was focused on studying Scripture in His Father’s house became the man who pledged His love for us, who staked His claim on us, and boldly proclaimed that no one could tear us from His loving hands. He remains committed to His Father’s house, there steadfastly maintaining His hold on us through Word and Sacrament. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Within the Father’s house The Son has found His home, And to His temple suddenly The Lord of life has come. The doctors of the Law Gaze on the wondrous child And marvel at His gracious words Of wisdom undefiled. (Within the Father’s House, LSB 410:1-2)