Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. Luke 2:51
When Jesus was twelve years old, He went to the temple in Jerusalem with His family for the Feast of Passover. They did this every year, so by this time Jesus knew what to expect and that they would all leave to go home at the same time. This year however, Jesus didn’t leave with the group as He did every year before. He stayed behind to have discussions with the teachers of that day. He was listening and asking questions and they were amazed at His understanding and answers. After that, the scripture says He went home with His family, submitted Himself to His parent’s authority, and increased in wisdom. Earlier in the chapter in verse 40, right after His circumcision at eight days old it says, “Jesus was filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” He was filled with wisdom at eight days old, yet at twelve years old He increased in wisdom. At each age, His capacity to receive wisdom had increased, therefore, He was always increasing in the wisdom of God.
If Jesus needed to increase in wisdom, how much more do we need to? Our capacity for learning is always increasing, therefore we always have more room for wisdom. So, how do we increase in wisdom? Proverbs 15:33 says, “The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility (submission).” The foundation of wisdom is God! Jesus stayed in Jerusalem to listen and ask questions of those who spent time with God. Those who were dedicated to studying and meditating on the things of heaven. He also humbled Himself by subjecting/submitting to the authority of His parents. He didn’t say, “No, I’m God in the flesh, I know more than my parents do and I will do what I think is best.” He honored God and humbled Himself, as we should do, also.
Today I want to encourage you to increase in wisdom. Start by submitting yourself. Submit to God and His Word. Make God the foundation of every step and decision you make. Look to Him and His Word for wisdom when you don’t know the right thing to do. Next submit to the authorities in your life. Whether it’s your spouse, pastor, government, boss and all others, humble yourself and truly submit and honor all people in your life. Today let’s follow the example Jesus gave us and grow in the grace of God! Then you will see the results Jesus did of growing in favor with God and man.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 2:39-52
39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.
40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.
42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.
43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it;
44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances.
45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him.
46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.
47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.
48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”
49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.
51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.