“Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.”
You probably know at least one person who acts as if he or she knows everything.
In our text for today we see Jewish religious leaders in the temple, talking with a young man who actually did know it all!
At just 12 years old, Jesus was challenging these teachers and scholars in a way they had not encountered in any of their students.
Yes it’s true that Jesus is God…however, he was also fully human, and as a boy He grew up in Nazareth, where all communities of Jews built their lives around the laws God as given to Moses. Therefore Jesus learned life and faith in a community of faithful living.
Now, being without sin, He could undoubtedly learn more deeply and sensed God’s purposes more perceptively, but His community and its faithful lifestyle was His school.
The religious leaders in our text weren’t just seeing a 12-year-old boy. They were seeing what happens when a child grows up in a community of faithful living. A community in which values are not just preached but lived. A community in which faith and its truths are passed along to the next generation.
How about us, do we live in such a community? Better still, are we creating such a community? Is the Bible what guides our household or are we working with the world’s version of truth?
Let us pray that as we wind up this year and enter into 2019, we will resolve with the help of God to form communities of faith where we and our children can learn and live by real truth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.