A Christian Journey

Guarding Your Heart

“And He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them; and His mother kept and closely and persistently guarded all these things in her heart.” Luke 2:51

This scripture comes from the story about Jesus when he was 12 years old and his parents took him to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. It is the last story of Him before he becomes an adult. His parents travel with a large group down there and like with most families when they leave Jerusalem they think He is with other family members when they leave there. When they realized He was not in the group they returned to Jerusalem to search for Him there, they found Him in the temple listening to and talking with the teachers.

What I find of interest is that His parents didn’t really understand what was going on with Him and why He did this, but this scripture says He was obedient to them. He had already begun to realize He was on earth for a purpose, why else would He be in the temple instead of playing with his cousins on a road trip. Joseph and Mary confronted Him and even fussed at Him for treating them disrespectfully. He explained to them what He was doing, being about His Fathers business, but ultimately He was obedient. Jesus is the model of obedience for us especially when we think we are doing right in a situation, but accused of being wrong. Humility is the key to peace and a happy life.

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