I Must Be About My Father's Business
Jesus had come to Jerusalem with his family to celebrate the Passover. He was twelve years old at the time. The family started the journey back home, but as time passed, they noticed they were missing someone—Jesus.
They returned to Jerusalem and found Jesus sitting in the temple in the midst of the religious doctors. When questioned by Mary, Jesus answered, “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49).
Mary and Joseph were not negligent parents. It was the custom in that day for children to walk with other family members when families traveled great distances. Eventually, Mary and Joseph noticed Jesus was missing. Now, that’s a sermon—Is Jesus Missing in Your Life? There are a lot of things that we can live without. You might find there are times when you seem to be walking alone; however, we must have Jesus. Is He in your heart? Don’t continue another step in life’s journey without Him. Run to Him.
A Preview Of Things To Come
While Jesus was there, He had a discourse with the theologians of that day. They were the doctors of Judaism. Jesus was listening to what these well-learned men had to say, and He was asking them questions. Those who heard Jesus were astonished at both the questions He asked and the answers He gave. Imagine, these were the most knowledgeable men Judaism had to offer, and Jesus confounded them with His knowledge. How was that possible? Jesus was speaking from relationship and not from religion.
About My Father’s Business
Most people say (and rightfully so) that Jesus’ ministry lasted three and one-half years. However, we see that at the age of twelve, Jesus understood who He was and what his ministry was. He said, “I must be about my Father’s business.” No doubt, people today would say, “That’s too young to be part of the Father’s business.” I disagree with that. Amira, at five years old, was with her mother in a department store one evening. She asked an elderly lady if she knew Jesus Christ. After receiving “no” for an answer, Amira began to share the message of the cross to this lost soul. She ended her ministry by asking the lady if she would like to ask Jesus Christ into her heart. There in the aisle, the lady asked Jesus Christ to be her Lord and Saviour. Amira, as a child, was about her Father’s business.
What Is The Father’s Business?
Adam Clarke’s commentary says this verse should say, “My Father’s concern.” What is the Father’s concern? Is it not the souls of mankind? Is it not for the world to know of His great love for the lost and dying? “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
Are You Part Of The Family Business?
With all of this in mind, let me ask you some questions: Are you part of the family business? Are you about your Father’s concern? Are you helping to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world? All who have accepted God’s gift of eternal life have also been given a divine mandate to be part of the Great Commission. So, you are either being about your Father’s business, or you are part of the great omission. You can do your part. You can pray, share Christ, and support those who are part of the Father’s business.