Wednesday: March 21                                                               

 Luke 2:47-52

            And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them.

             Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

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            This scripture indicates that Jesus understood who he was and that he had at least a good idea of his mission.  Verses 51-52 contain all we know about the in-between years.

            I believe Jesus did work as a carpenter during these approximately twenty years and after Joseph’s death, supported his family with his work, but this was not his main activity.  His main activity was getting prepared for the task his Father had set for him.

            Our main purpose should be to daily prepare ourselves, with God’s help and direction, to do the next task God has for us.  All other activity, even the jobs by which we support our family, are secondary.  By praying, studying scripture, and meditating on what the Holy Spirit says through them, we can begin to see the next task God has for us and the preparation we need to perform that task.  Perhaps we could say that Lent is a forty-day practice time for what Jesus did for twenty years.

Build us, O Lord, into the people you would have us to be

as we seek to learn and do your will.

Rev. Darrell Pierce

Clarksburg, WV

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