Just Tending to “Business” – Luke 2:41-52 – Pastor Bruce Lerum

We want to do the right thing.

Doing the right thing can come from the expectations of others.

“Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.” – Luke 2: 41 

Sometimes we are distracted and other times we’re right on task.

Distractions can be the best teachers.

“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.” – Luke 2:49

It can be helpful to remember lessons from the past.

Growth comes from experience and understanding.

“Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.” – Luke 2:51


Study Questions:

1. Jesus and his family went to Jerusalem for the Passover. What was the Passover about? Why did they celebrate it?

2. Apparently Joseph was deliberate about his family’s observance of Jewish customs. What distractions might get in the way of your observance of Christian custom; from Sunday worship to festival services like Christmas and Easter?

3. Have there been times in your life when your observance was because of the expectations of others?

4. At times the proverbial lightbulb goes on and that observance goes from an obligation/expectation, to being compelled by our relationship with God. What might you expect to happen with your relationship with God when you feel compelled in these circumstances?

5. Read Luke 2:19 and 51. How would you see these as impacting Mary, Jesus mother, as she sat at the foot of the cross watching her son die for the sins of all humankind? What new understanding would you see?