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And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.”Â And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”Â And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them.Â
Gaining understanding, seeing what God is doing and what our relationship is toward Him are the things Jesus fought for His entire life. He wanted us to see family as more than a functional organization that does stuff together, but as the model of the kingdom. Family is designed to be a peek into what the eternal kingdom will look like.
Jesus and his parents had been at the festival for at least seven days. They spent their time growing in relationship to their community (the model of church), to each other (the domestic church) and most of all, toward God (their eternal Father source of family). They were living out church.
We know how it is when we get caught up in something great. We donâ€™t want to leave. So it was for Jesus. In the Temple precincts, Jesus had it all. He has the fullness of family all in one place. He didnâ€™t want to leave. He was having an excellent time. He wants us to feel and live this way too â€“ right now.
Jesus wants to share the fullness of family relationship with us. He wants us to gain insight, to understand and see beyond the ordinary and look to the extraordinary greatness of life that is the Christian family â€“ the family centered on and living in Him. He wants us to revel in the family of God and to never want to leave.
God is all about family. He designed us and the world around us to mirror family life in heaven. â€œLet us make man in our image.â€ He wants us to be moved to such an extent that we want family. He wants us to stay, not just with Him, but with each other in family. He ministered to and built family to provide a life example â€“ this is how it is supposed to be.
Jesus taught His disciples to refer to His Father as their Father. He asked the crowds â€“ who is my mother, brothers, and sisters? It is those who understand and live in family relationship with Him and His Father. He wants us to remain, to stay in family love.
Godâ€™s family is built upon all the things Jesus taught â€“ the example He gave us â€“ one of dedication, worship, sacrifice, and love. God wants us to understand His great desire â€“ that we are family and are to live that way.
As we once again renew and take up life as the kingdom family, let us remember the example of the Acts Church â€“ people living as one – living, sacrificing, praying, and worshiping â€“ really getting it, never wanting to leave.