When Jesus was 12 He went up to Jerusalem with His parents.  When they went home He stayed behind, beginning the work His Father had called Him to do.  But they didn’t understand that when He told them.  So He went back with them and stayed in submission to them until the Jewish age of majority which was 30 in those days.  You can read about it in Luke 2:41-52.

I would hope I would recognise when my 12 or 13 year old was being called by God to do a work.  But I still think I would find it hard if they stayed behind without telling me when we had all gone somewhere together!  They would want to have a good reason!

Being subject to His parents for a further 18 years when they didn’t understand what His life’s calling was must have been hard.  If you find yourself in a similar situation think of that.


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