Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Astonishing Humility

I've just begun reading the book of Luke, & a have been turning over a couple thoughts...

-"And they [Joseph & Mary] did not understand the saying he [Jesus] spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them.And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart" (Luke 3:50-51). What a unique parenting situation Joseph and Mary found themselves in. They were parenting the perfect child...literally, THE KID NEVER SINNED! For some reason, that truth doesn't seem so astonishing when you think of Jesus as an adult...but then picture a toddler NOT SINNING. A four year old who ALWAYS listened to and obeyed mom and dad, the FIRST TIME. Part of me thinks it must have been a piece of cake to parent him...the other part of me thinks it must have been the most bizarre, complex, humbling situation in the world! What would it be like to have a child who knew infinitely more than you ever could? Who knew every thought you were thinking, and every word you spoke before it was on your tongue? Who you didn't make, but who made YOU?

Then think about what it was like for Jesus...he understood infinitely more than his mom or dad - he made his mom & dad - he was LORD of his mom and dad - but the Bible says "he was submissive to them". He obeyed them, he respected them. How humiliating that must have been! Yet he did it for the joy set before him...for US...



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