Why Mary includes the story of Jesus staying back in the temple when he was twelve (Luke 2:41-52)
Glory only in the Lord
Mary as a ‘real’ mother.
How do we interpret the history?
His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”
And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
What is the Father’s business and is this news to Mary?
Who is to benefit from this history?
What is in God’s Word is there for a reason.
Mary (in particular) and Joseph were children of Adam needing redemption like all of us.
God was merciful to Mary
God is merciful to us. God through Mary and Luke included this history of Jesus’ life to remind us that God is always working. Always working toward His purpose of saving the world. He is saving the world through His Son and through His Bride. We are His Bride and He is cleansing us, strengthening us and beautifying us so that the light of the Gospel might shine through us in the world that the world may be drawn to the Head of the Bride, the Lord Jesus.