“Didn’t you know I had to be in My Father’s house?”

That’s what Jesus told His parents when He was 12 in Luke 2:49.  Picture it:      He gets to go from Nazareth to Jerusalem with His parents for the Feast of Passover.  I don’t know if it’s the first time He gets to make the trip or not.  But He is fully human, so how much does He know?  He doesn’t have an earthly father, so He doesn’t have original sin pulling at Him, that sin nature that dogs the rest of us.

Maybe it’s like this:  He’s finally here and this is Jesus’ chance to interact with people who have studied the Old Testament scriptures–the very ones that were written about Him.  He’s had these dreams about glory, and when He gets to hear scripture at the Synagogue, His heart burns.  And now He’s finally at the Temple.  He’s home.

“I’m home, this feels so good.  I want to stay here.  Wait a minute.  Why are these guys so spiritually cold?  Why don’t they recognize Me?  Okay, I’m only 12.  I don’t even know how my dreams are going to work themselves out.  That Passover Lamb–is that Me?  I have to tell them there’s another way, to not be all caught up in the rules so they miss the love and the promises and the relationship with God Almighty…”

“If only they knew what this Temple was made to be, what it was like when My glory filled it.  Why do I keep having these dreams?  I wish I could tell someone who gets it…”     “JESUS!  Where were you?  We were worried sick.  We were halfway home.  What are you still doing here?”

“I MUST be at My Father’s house.”

Do you have the same things that drive and pull you because Jesus lives in you?  Do His dreams tug at you and speak to you and scream at times, driving you mad in a good way?

I do.  I’ve come to realize they are put there by my Father.  I realize that because Jesus lives in me and His Spirit is alive in me, I can say with Jesus (John 2:17) “Zeal for my Father’s house will consume me,” and as the KJV renders Luke 2:49 “I must be about my Father’s business.”  And “I must be in His house.”

There are a few other must’s that drive me.

  • I must sit at His feet on a regular basis, not just whizzing in and out like those “5 minutes with God” devotionals (what?) but reclining in God’s presence, speaking with Him in an intimate, secret place. “Your words were found and I ate them and they because to me a joy and the delight of my heart.  I did not sit in the company of revelers.  I sat alone because Your hand was upon me.”  Jeremiah 15:16-17
  • I must tell a lost and dying world the good news of Jesus.
  • I must be where Jesus is.  He is bent low, so I must have friends in low places: the outcasts, outsiders and outlaws.  I must go to people and places where others won’t to shine the light of Jesus and bid them to come from darkness to His marvelous light.


About Martha

I am an avid student of the Bible, having studied it diligently for over 40 years. More than that, I love Jesus and want to know Him and to show Him in my life. I am currently in the education field as an Elementary Principal, having degrees in School Counseling and Administration. I have a post graduate degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. I have also gone to Bible school at the Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions (now Columbia Biblical Seminary) in Columbia, South Carolina and spent summers in youth ministry as well as five years as a youth director in a Baptist General Conference church. View all posts by Martha

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