Luke 2:41-42 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom;

Christmas is the great feast of the incarnation, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and it is a great mystery, how God could become fully human, and still be God. It is also a mystery, how Christ could be fully human, and be tempted in every way that we are, but without sin. Part of the incarnation was being part of a family with all that entails. It means that the parents teach and train, and the child grows and obeys.

His parents teach him to observe the Passover, what it means and how its done and why. They teach him both by word, and example – this is what we do, this is why we do it, and now we will do it together. That’s the way that faith is best learned, from our parents, by their word, and example. It is a parents responsibility, God says, do this!

And if the parents are responsible for teaching the child the way he should god, to know the Lord, and to live by grace through faith – the child also has a responsibility, to listen, to learn, and to obey. I am not certain whether it is harder to be a parent, or a child – each has its challenges.

Honor your Father and Mother!

We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them.

There are 2 things we ought to note:

  1. the commandment covers all in authority, not just parents, and it applies to all people, not just children.
  2. It is not enough just to obey – we should not provoke them to anger – and we should honor, serve, obey, love and cherish them.

It did not matter that his parents did not understand Jesus, what he was doing, or what he had said, it did not matter that Jesus was doing a good thing – Jesus did not have the option of choosing when to obey his parents, and neither do we.

So, we have a conflict, Jesus aware of a duty to His Father’s House and his Father’s business, is also aware of a duty to his parents – and so he goes home with them, and is obedient to them, and the story of the incarnation continues as Jesus grew up – for according to his human nature, he did grow in wisdom and stature, and if the favor of God and man.