To: Secret Agent Man
You ask an interesting question. I am no apologist but I'm willing to share my thoughts. Even when I was Protestant, I never saw Mary's question to Jesus as a chastisement. She and Joseph were entrusted with the care of the Messiah. Who wouldn't be anxious at losing what one was so generously given? I'd be out of my mind if I lost a pet for three days, let alone a child! I think Mary showed more restraint than I would have :)
Scripture tells us Mary and Joseph didn't understand Jesus' reply to their question. Being without sin isn't the same thing as being omniscient. They were obviously in the right for asking Jesus to return home with them because Scripture tells us Jesus obeyed. And we know Jesus was without sin. Would he have honored a request to do something sinful?
I agree. Christ pointing out that He had to be about His Father’s business was making it clear to Joseph and Mary that while they saw themselves as His parents and had behaved accordingly, they also had to see His role, even at an early age, as far more than a child they were responsible for.
posted on 12/07/2012 11:31:19 PM PST
(Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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