Wist Ye Not that I Must be About my Father’s Business?
“And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”
Luke 2:49 (KJV)
In this very familiar passage of Scripture, the Lord Jesus Christ first proclaims his deity as a young teenager in this verse. Luke 2:49 is the first time that the Bible records any spoken dialogue by Jesus. In the preceding verses, Jesus’ mother and Joseph are searching Jerusalem trying to find where Jesus was. When Mary and Joseph had left Jerusalem, Jesus had stayed behind in the temple listening, teaching, and preaching. When Mary and Joseph arrived at the temple, he proclaimed the words of Luke 2:49, “…wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” Of course, this verse asserts Jesus deity, because just a few verses earlier Mary had called Joseph Jesus’ father (Luke 2:48). In Luke 2:49, however, Mary was rebuked by Jesus when he implied that God was his Father, not Joseph.
During Christmas, it is easy to forget two things: that Jesus Christ is the reason why Christmas exists and number two: that we must still be about our Father’s business. Many people get caught up in Christmas shopping and gift-giving that we forget to go soul-winning and read our Bibles. Christmas time is an excellent time to grow closer to the Lord, and we ought to make it a point to pray and read our Bibles MORE at Christmas time. May God bless you as you determine to walk with Him everyday. –SB