“But they did not understand…”
– Luke 2:52
At the proclamation of Jesus, the angel Gabriel came to Mary and explained to her who she would be carrying in her womb. Mary even acknowledges Gabriel’s words, humbles herself, and says, “let it be according to your word.” If that were not enough, her song clearly displays the words of her heart of the coming King. The truth of Jesus was even announced to Joseph before the birth of the Messiah. It was evident at that time, God was moving mightily in their lives.
As the years passed, we are told that the Child Jesus grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and that the grace of God was upon Him. It is no wonder that the Boy Jesus would one day be found by His parents sitting in His Father’s house. Their frantic search for Him was ended as they watched the people in the Temple left in astonishment at His knowledge and understanding of God’s words. They had left without the Boy, thinking Him lost, yet they were the ones who left. Their distance from Him was the cause of their anxiety.
I do not believe that the gap between these parents and their Child started as they began their journey home from Jerusalem. I think that distance in their hearts had culminated here. When Joseph and Mary questioned their Son Jesus, His answer confused them. They did not understand what He meant in His words, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” They must have forgotten, in some ways, the promises made to the twelve years prior. That is where the actual distance began.
In our infancy stages with Christ, the freshness and reality of His birth can leave us in awe and wonder. As with any relationship, however, distance from that time to the present day can leave us callous to that time of joy. And, when we begin to forget the truth of who Jesus is and what He has done for us, we can sometimes come to a place where we no longer understand. Stir up your heart today and remember the joy that Jesus once brought to your life. It is then that anxiety will cease and flee from your heart and mind.
“Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call Him a man, for He was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as received the truth with pleasure. He drew over to Him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was Christ.”