Summary: 2 of 2. Luke revealed the boy Jesus to be the Messiah thru showcasing His immersion in God’s affairs. Likewise God-sent immerse themselves in God’s affairs. But How is this substantiated? Immersion in God’s affairs is substantiated thru One’s



During our church’s worship service, the pastor invites all the young children to join him near the altar for the "Children’s Moments Sermon." One day, with seven small children in attendance, he spoke about the ingredients required to make up a church, using a chocolate-chip cookie as an example.

He explained to the children that, as with a cookie requiring ingredients such as sugar & eggs, the church needed ingredients to make up the congregation.

Holding a cookie aloft, he asked, "If I took the chocolate chips out of this cookie, what would I have?"

A shy six-year-old raised his hand. "Six less grams of fat!," he replied.

That child was immersed in diet talk.

Jesus however, immersed Himself in God’s affairs.


Luke revealed the boy Jesus to be the Messiah thru showcasing His preoccupation/immersion in God’s affairs.

The boy Jesus immersed Himself in God’s affairs.

Likewise, Those sent by God immerse themselves in God’s affairs.

But How do those sent by God immerse themselves in God’s affairs?

6 substantiations of an immersion in the affairs of God.

Previously we found that,

Immersion in God’s affairs is substantiated thru One’s...

1. WORSHIP(:41)

2. STAGE(:42)

3— Immersion in God’s affairs is substantiated thru...

One’s WRESTLINGS(:43-47)

Explanation: (:43-47)

:43—“When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph & His mother did not know it;”

Having spent the full number of days required of the Feast, the family returned(to Nazareth).

Jesus, still a boy, remained in Jerusalem, unbeknownst to either Joseph or Mary—TR(“His parents”—W-H). Luke is quick to ensure that Theophilus knows that Joseph is only Jesus’ step-father. We are not told the reason for Jesus’ lingering in Jerusalem until :46-49.

Obviously they traveled in a large group of family members &/or friemds, etc. who could be blindly trusted with their Son’s welfare. Each family would have readily provided every need for any of the children present. Thus it is understandable how they could be oblivious to Jesus’ presence.

“Finished”—teleiow—1) To make perfect, complete—1a) To carry through completely, to accomplish, finish, bring to an end; 2) To complete (perfect)—2a) Add what is yet wanting in order to render a thing full, 2b) To be found perfect; 3) To bring to the end (goal) proposed; 4) To accomplish—4a) Bring to a close or fulfilment by event—4a1) Of the prophecies of the scriptures. Strong—To complete, i.e. (literally) Accomplish, or (figuratively) Consummate (in character).

“Lingered”—upomenw—1) To remain—1a) To tarry behind; 2) To remain i.e. abide, not recede or flee—2a) To preserve: under misfortunes & trials to hold fast to one’s faith in Christ, 2b) To endure, bear bravely & calmly: ill treatments. Strong–To stay under (behind), i.e. Remain; figuratively, To undergo, i.e. Bear (trials), have fortitude, persevere.

“Know/Unaware/”—ginwskw—1) To learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel—1a) To become known; 2) To know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of—2a) To understand, 2b) To know; 3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man & a woman; 4) To become acquainted with, to know. Strong—A prolonged form of a primary verb; to "know" (absolutely) in a great variety of applications & with many implications.

:44—“but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, & sought Him among their relatives & acquaintances.”

Jesus’ parents were supposing that He was traveling to Nazareth with someone else in the company/caravan. They traveled an entire “day’s journey” before realizing that He was nowhere in the “company.”

Upon discovering Jesus missing, they searched diligently among their “relatives” & traveling companions.

“Supposing”—nomizw—V.—1) To hold by custom or usage, own as a custom or usage, to follow a custom or usage—1a) It is the custom, it is the received usage; 2) To deem, think, suppose. Hgeomai & nomizw denote a belief resting not on one’s inner feeling or sentiment, but on the due consideration of external grounds, & the weighing & comparing of facts. Hgeomai denotes a more deliberate & careful judgment than nomizw. Strong—properly, To do by law (usage), i.e. To accustom (passively, be usual); by extension, To deem or regard.

“Company”—sunodia—(Eng.—‘Synod’1) A journey in company—1a) Of a company of travellers, associates on a journey, a caravan. Strong—companionship on a journey, i.e. (by implication) a caravan. Used 1X.

“Journey”—odov—N. f.—1) properly—1a) A way—1a1) A traveled way, road, 1b) A travelers way, journey, traveling; 2) metaph.—2a) a course of conduct, 2b) A way (i.e. manner) of thinking, feeling, deciding. Strong—apparently a primary word; A road; by implication A progress (the route, act or distance); figuratively, A mode or means.

“Relatives/Kinsfolk”—suggenhv—1) Of the same kin, akin to, related by blood; 2) In a wider sense, of the same nation, a fellow countryman. Strong—A relative (by blood); by extension, A fellow countryman.

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