Jesus’ Parents Were Committed to Corporate Worship
Joseph and Mary made a yearly journey to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. It’s likely that Joseph traveled to Jerusalem for other feasts as well. They also observed the Old Covenant sacraments and sacrifices.
We can follow their example by participating in New Covenant corporate worship. That includes:
- The public reading of God’s word (1 Timothy 4:13)
- Preaching God’s word (2 Timothy 4:2)
- Singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Colossians 3:16)
- Prayer (Acts 1:14)
- Giving (2 Corinthians 9:7)
- Observing the New Covenant sacraments
- Baptism (Matthew 28:19)
- The Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
Jesus Was Committed to Increasing in Knowledge and Understanding about His Father
That Jesus was at the temple of three days before Joseph and Mary found him demonstrates that it was not a whim. He was committed to it. He was also respectful of the teachers and availed himself of the opportunity to learn what he could from them.
Jesus Was Submissive to Joseph and Mary
When Joseph and Mary found Jesus in the temple, Mary was wrong to rebuke him. He was behaving with perfect righteousness. And they did not understand.
How did he respond? He “was submissive to them” (Luke 2:51). He did not protest. He did not assert that he was right or that he had a mission that they did not understand. He determined it was more important at that time to be submissive to his parents.
We, too, are called to submit one to another. There will be times when we will be misunderstood or even mistreated by brothers and sisters in Christ. But “being about our Father’s business” means submitting to each other. Submitting, however, might not look like what we usually think of when we talk about submission. Listen to the sermon to find out exactly how we are called to submit to each other.