Do you ever think about Jesus’ religious education as a child? Mary must have taught Him to say his prayers, go to worship, observe festivals, and learn the scriptures. What would have happened if Mary and Joseph had neglected this? What if Jesus had not been taught to love God? What if He had never “discerned his vocation”?
…but remember Luke 2:41-52
Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions
Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
** “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.**
51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men."
Note that Mary and Joseph "did not understand what he was saying to them."
They hadn’t taught Him this. It was His innate knowledge of Himself and His mission.
“Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” He said.
Jesus was not only man, He is also God. He had the Spirit of God as well as His humanity. There was never any chance He wouldn’t know who He is or what His mission was.
God bless, Trishie:)