49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what He was saying to them.
51 Then He went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
In verse 2:19 yesterday, the first question that came to mind was what were all these things Mary treasured and pondered them in her heart? We discovered it was the stories the shepherds told of a visit by an angel and heavenly hosts concerning the birth of her son Jesus. But here it was something quite different Mary would treasure in her heart. From what we read above it was what Jesus said, but even more contest is provided when we discover this occurred when Jesus was twelve years old.
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When He was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking He was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for Him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find Him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for Him. 46 After three days they found Him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard Him was amazed at His understanding and His answers. 48 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.”
Jesus, when Mary and Joseph found Him had been on His own for four days. All at the age of twelve! Mary had to have been worried maybe even worried sick with Joseph feeling close to the same. Imagine you had lost your preteen son or daughter for four days how you might be feeling. Likely you would already have started grieving for your lost son or daughter and of course you would have already filled out a police report and had them involved in the search for your lost child.
While Mary and Joseph searched for their son Jesus and may have involved others, it appears unlikely they contacted the authorities. Nonetheless, when they found Him sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions she was still a Mom and said to Him, Son, why have You treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for You. Initially Jesus replied like any twelve year might reply Why were you searching for me? Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?
Clearly Jesus initially did not understand their fear and anxiety as parents, but He was only twelve years old. Such a lack of understanding is to be expected even when they found Him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard Him was amazed at His understanding and His answers.
It is unlikely Mary understood everything at this time when she would have been twenty-five or twenty-six, but she would have been impressed with her son sitting with the teachers listening, asking questions with everyone amazed at His understanding. No doubt she would think much on these things and only later understand them fully. So she treasures them in her heart. She is not unlike us, wanting to understand God, but only seeing what He reveals to us.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV