Yesterday, we began taking a deeeeep dive into a really BIG question: Who did Jesus say he is?
We kicked things off with another question: What title did Jesus use most often to refer to himself?
The answer: Son of Man. We then examined lots of verses illustrating what he meant.
Today, we’ll start with another question: What were Jesus’ very first words in the Bible?
Here’s the answer …
Let’s set the scene: The twelve-year-old Jesus and his parents were in Jerusalem for a big festival. On their way back home, Jesus’ parents suddenly realized that he wasn’t with them. They lost the Savior of the Universe.
After an exhaustive search, they finally found him. Where?
In the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46)
Basically, he was freaking everyone out:
Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” (Luke 2:47-48)
Here was Jesus’ reply, his very first recorded words:
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49)
Right off the bat, Jesus referred to God as his true “Father.” Think about that for a moment. And another.
Tomorrow, we’ll start exploring exactly what he meant. Stay tuned.
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