“Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.” Luke 2:51
Mary and Joseph had traveled from Nazareth to Jerusalem, with Jesus, to go to the Passover Festival. They would do this annually as was the custom and requirements of the Law.
In the hustle and bustle of the great crowds there, when Mary and Joseph had left to go back home, they somehow missed taking Jesus with them. He was a boy of around twelve years old. They may have allowed Him to go off with some other boys His age, or just to wander around to look at all the booths.
When they realized that Jesus was not with them, they went back to search for Him. They found Him in the Temple talking with the teachers and asking them some amazing questions. Jesus told His parents that He had to be in His Father’s house–the Temple.
Mary and Joseph did not understand what He was saying. They, then, took Him and went home. Jesus stayed obedient to them.
Notice that Jesus had chosen to follow His parents. It can be presumed that He was enjoying His time talking to the teachers in the Temple, yet He set that aside to obey His parents. Jesus obeyed one of the ten commandments: honor your father and mother.
Paul later talks about obeying those in authority over you. Jesus had done this also. His parents were currently an authority over Him.
How do you live your life today? Are you obedient to those over you?
You are to obey everyone over you, as long as it does not break God’s rules. It is easy for some to say that they cannot obey a non-believer because they are not of God. Yet, Jesus obeyed His parents. They were not leaders in the Temple or even the town.
Imagine how Jesus must have felt to obey His parents, whom He had created Himself. Yet, He puts His divine self aside to be a human child and obedient to those over Him.
Are you willing to be obedient to those over you? You are to be just like Jesus. This is something to think about today.
I pray today that God will give you His wisdom in how to obey those in authority; that God will fill you with His love for all people; that God will guide your every step; and that you will do the right thing every time.