A Snapshot of the Lord’s AdolescenceOctober 30, 2009 at 9:12 am | Posted in Biblical Parenting | 3 Comments
Tags: childhood of Jesus, Christian parenting, church youth groups, guitar hero, Luke 2, parenting principles, prolonged adolescence, teenagers, youth ministry
“Dad, can we go play in the youth building?” Billy (aged 12) asked his father, during a break between speakers.
“I’m sorry, son,” said Billy’s father. “We’re here to strengthen our faith in the Lord, and to learn from God’s Word.”
“But, Dad, we’ve been here for hours. We’ve sung, we’ve prayed, we’ve heard preaching. I’m bored with this conference.”
“Well, let me ask you something,” Billy’s father said. “Are you a ‘Christian?’”
“Who are Christians supposed to act like?”
Billy thought for a moment. “Christ… Jesus.”
“That’s right, son. Now, I want you to read Luke Chapter 2, and tell me what Jesus was interested in doing at age 12.”
Does this exchange between a father and son sound familiar to us today? It probably doesn’t, but it should. If we profess Christ, then His life must be our example for Christian living.
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
Jesus Christ, approaching what this world calls His “teen years,” was not interested in vain amusements, dabbling in youthful sin, or filthy entertainment. They did not have Guitar Hero for XBox in His day, but if they had, you can believe He wouldn’t have played it in the synagogue.
Our Lord’s affections were set on sitting in the house of God, among the elders of the church, listening to the Word of His Father.