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Sermon on Luke 2:49 - The First Words of Jesus Ever Recorded

"And He said to them, 'Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father's House?'" - Luke 2:49

These words of Jesus at twelve years of age to His mother, when she found Him in the Temple, after missing him in the caravan contain a world of theology, methodology and ethics. The purpose of this section, 2:41-51, regarding young Jesus in the Temple is not included in Luke's narrative simply for the sake of drawing moralisms -- parents should know where their children are at all times, or children should study hard in school. It is included to cast light on the person and work of Jesus Christ.