In THE Father’s House
- The God-man grew into manhood, vv. 39–42, 52
- The God-man longed to be in His Heavenly Father’s house, vv. 40–50
- The God-man submitted to His earthly parents’ authority, vv. 49–51
Jesus is not simply an example to us (see 1 Peter 2:24), but Scripture does tell us to follow His example, sometimes (see 1 Peter 2:21–23). How does the example of Christ’s childhood challenge us to new obedience? (See Hebrews 5:7)
As you consider Luke 2:49, do you think of God’s law as a duty or a delight? Consider the words of this hymn (Love Constraining to Obedience), from William Cowper: “To see the Law by Christ fulfilled, To hear His pardoning voice, Changes a slave into a child And duty into choice.” Also consider Hebrews 10:5–7 and Ps 40:6–8.
Why is it important that Christ lived and died for you? See 1 Peter 1:18–19; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor. 5:21. Why is Christ’s death different or better than someone else’s death, better than the death of a lamb or goat or bull?