Summary: We all know that Jesus was the son of God, but he was raised by Joseph.

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Father’s Day 2012

(Video for Luke I am your father)

“I am your father” probably one of the greatest scenes in movie history. For most of us we know who our dad is, or at least we assume we do. My father used to tell me that I belonged to the Milk man in Chatham NB, he said that he became suspicious when we moved 300 kms away and had the same milk man. But if you have ever met Burton Guptill you would have no doubt at all that he sired me. The funny thing is that a number of years ago an elderly lady at the Berkeley looked and me kind of thoughtfully and that then said “You remind me of a milk man I used to know.”

Luke thought he knew who his father was, but obviously he was wrong. That is if Darth Vader could be trusted. Come on, the guy had just hacked off his own kid’s hand.

Most of you are familiar with the story that was just read from the book of Luke. The majority of the commentators agree that this was a pivotal point in Jesus’ life. It was here that God interrupted his son’s childhood and said “Jesus, I am your father.” And it was at this point that he became aware of who he was and the task that lay before him. There are all kinds of stories, legends and tales of Jesus as a child but this is the only biblical account of Jesus’ childhood. Up to this account the sum total of what we know about the Jesus as a child is summed up in these words in Luke 2:39-40 When Jesus’ parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the law of the Lord, they returned home to Nazareth in Galilee. There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favour was on him.

We don’t know all of the intricacies and mechanics that went into God becoming man but somehow I doubt if he had a full awareness of who he was before this stage. If he was to truly experience what it was to be fully human what do you do that with awareness that you are God at the age of three? Seriously, most three year olds already think they are god, for them the shock would be discovering they weren’t God.

And it is in the book of Luke that we find the only accounts of Jesus as a child and in one of those short snippets we read about the time Mary and Joseph lost their oldest kid. I’m sure that Mary and Joseph told the story of their trip to Jerusalem on many occasions, recounting the horror of that day. With the passing of time it may have become something they could laugh at, but at the time it was no laughing matter.

The story starts in Luke 2:41-42 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual.

Culturally we are told that it was required by Jewish law that every adult male who lived within 20 kms of Jerusalem should go to the temple in the capital city for the Passover celebration. It was also decreed that under Jewish law that at 13 a boy became a man. So this was a very special occasion for Jesus. We know that this wasn’t the first time that Jesus had been in Jerusalem for the Passover, but it would be the last time he would celebrate the feast as a child and I’m sure he was looking forward to next year.

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