#19 Belonging to God, a Right of Ownership
Posted: Sunday, March 26th, 2017Print
About The Mystery of Discipleship Series
Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.
There are relationship-roles that make the strongest claim of ownership and that presume a right to dominate a disciple. I believe it is this control and right of ownership that we are to hate (not the person as such), because of an absolute loyalty to and extreme zeal for the Lord that comes only from the Spirit. To understand it, I believe that Jesus lived and demonstrated His own command. As in any of Christ’s words, we look to Him for the understanding the Spirit gives…
The first recorded life incident of Jesus was at the age of twelve (Luke 2:41-52). While in Jerusalem with His family for Passover, Jesus simply walked away from His family and went to the temple. Being in a caravan, His family traveled for a day before they realized He was missing. They had to travel back to Jerusalem and it took three days to find Him in the temple, “sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.”
“His mother said to Him, ‘Son, why have you treated us like this?’” Mary was viewing His actions as they affected HER, and she was not trying to understand His actions as they concerned Jesus. She was claiming Him as HER son, her charge, her property. She demanded (as a natural mother would) that Jesus consider her first in His actions. Jesus’ answer is astonishing because He refutes her right to His choice of direction and accepts no responsibility for the parent’s anguish! He even begins to correct her. A boy of 12! Jesus protested her right of ownership over Him. He did not now BELONG to her, but to the Father.
He expected her to have known Who He belonged to – the Father – and where He “HAD” to be—in His Father’s house. From Jesus’ view, she had been the one in the wrong, and He called her to be aware and in tune with the will of God concerning Him! He called her to go beyond natural motherhood and into the spiritual understanding that the Holy Spirit gives. His independence of her was to have been her freedom as well.
“Why were you searching for Me?” He asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in My Father’s house?”