parents lost him during a trip to
Jesus’ ultimate purpose: doing God’s business. But Jesus’ responsibility at that time was to be the child of Joseph and Mary. And he has to obey them. When Jesus turns 30, he began his ministry. At age 30, he was officially old enough to leave the family. His responsibility as a child was over.
Compare your ultimate purpose/goal and your current responsibilities. For instance, if your goal for now is to get into a good college, then your responsibilities at this time is to study hard and prepare yourself. Even if tonight you have a goal of beating the new video game you just borrowed, your responsibility of completing your homework first still applies. Sometimes you have to prioritize your various responsibilities, but as responsibilities, they most often have to be completed even if they are not on the top of your priority list. So you have responsibilities that help you reach your purpose/goal, but when you are pursuing certain goals, don’t neglect other responsibilities. Jesus’ goal is always to do God’s work and provide salvation to mankind, but at age 12, his responsibilities as a son of Joseph and Mary have to take precedence even though these responsibilities are far less important than his ultimate goal. Would anyone follow Jesus if he were known to be a disobedient kid who studies the Scriptures all day but does not help out in house chores?
when Jesus was crucified, he did not forget his responsibility as a son
though he was no longer legally obligated.
He also had siblings that can take care of his mother. But he nonetheless entrusted the care of his
mother to one of his disciple, John.
Interestingly, John ended upon being the longest-living of the
disciples, which gave him plenty of time to take care of Mary and even
siblings (by Jesus’ words, John became a son of Mary and a brother to
Last updated: 11/1/2003