Re:Verse reading–Luke 2:39-52 (day six)
But His mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke 2:51
We have read these words before. It leaves us with the impression that Luke is documenting testimony from Mary herself, as if during his research he had sat down with Mary to hear her side of things. It is likely the case. More important still, it unveils a very common journey. There were likely many moments in Jesus young life where she increasingly had to come to grips with who Jesus was-the Son of God. The scene at the Temple had to be the most profound. Before that moment she likely glimpsed others in His life that gave her pause, but at the Temple she heard words from His own mouth, “Didn’t you know I had to be in MY Father’s house?”
Jesus was at the age where he now was openly reminding his parents who in fact He is; a not so subtle reminder of His calling. Mary had to come to grips with that truth.
This was not just Mary’s journey, but is ours as well. We come to repentance and faith by realizing who He is and the work He has done; our view of him only increases from there. Our spiritual journey is much like how John the Baptist described his, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)