Day 34 – Dual Identity; Dual Citizenship
On: December 4, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they travelled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.” [Luke 2:43-47]

A twelve year old debating with the religious leaders of the day at headquarters. And not just trying his best to keep up, but leaving everyone amazed at his understanding. And note that they were amazed at Jesus’ answers. So they must have been questioning Him. Precocious or what?!

But this is the Son of God we are talking of here. I wonder what it was like for Him? If He was truly a man, He must have had to grapple with a dual identity – His humanity and divinity; and it must have been strange at times. I am fully human but also made in the image of God and adopted into His family. Not quite the same but, nevertheless, a member of the Kingdom of God here on Earth. Sometimes, I rejoice in the richness and privilege of this dual citizenship. Other times, it leaves me perplexed and lost.

As an adult, Jesus spent a lot of time alone with His Father, a fair bit of it, presumably, working through who He was and how that was to play out in His daily life. We’d do well to follow His example. Then we, like He, we be better able to live to our full potential.

There are foreshadowings of the Cross throughout this incident. Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Passover, engaging with the religious leaders in the temple courts. He was then discovered after three days disappearance. I wonder if Jesus recalled this time 21 years later, when his mission to Earth had very much come of age and was to see its fulfilment?

Prayer:

Father God, as I look at my human weakness and yet recall that I am chosen and part of a Royal Priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), I can feel bewildered. Draw me to Yourself to sit at Your feet and listen to You, as Jesus did when He was working out His identity and mission on Earth. Help me to opt to walk the path He walked, trusting my future to You. Amen.

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