Yesterday’s devotion passage was on Luke 2, but there was no energy left in me to pen down thoughts on that passage. So here goes 🙂
“When they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You.” And He said to them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house? ” But they did not understand the statement which He had made to them. And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart.”Luke 2:48-51 NASB
Jesus went up to Jerusalem with his parents, Joseph and Mary, every year at the Feast of Passover. In this passage, Jesus was twelve years old when they went up that year. After spending the full number of days, he stayed behind in Jerusalem and his parents went home unaware that Jesus did not follow them only after a day’s journey. And the few verses above recorded what happened when his parents saw him in the temple.
So what caught my attention was this – Jesus knew very well his purpose on earth, yet when his parents came looking for him, he chose to obey them and continued in subjection to them. Obedience to earthly parents is as important as obedience to God.
Image credits to Eugene Lim, R-AGE.
Our youth ministry is embarking on this new series titled “The God I Never Knew”. Our youth pastor kicked off the series last weekend with a message entitled “Making A Grand Entrance – Baptism With The Holy Spirit”. In line with this, we are also doing a planned daily devotion together on the book of Luke and Acts over 6 weeks, and I hope to be able to pen down my thoughts in the next 6 weeks as often as I can.
Today is the start of the devotion – Luke 1, and here’s what caught my attention.
“With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
Luke 1:3-4 NIV
What most of us could have possibly gotten out of this two verses is that Luke wrote this book to Theophilus. But what I found even more interesting is the portion that Luke mentioned he had “carefully investigated everything from the beginning”. Luke (L) was telling Theophilus (T) that whatever T had been taught about God, T can use the words of L to support and help him ascertain the truth because L had investigated every event that had happened before writing to him. Luke sure was making himself credible there.
My thoughts: Christianity can be investigated and proven. Wow. How cool is that. It ain’t no blind faith that we are believing in, man.