Day Two Hundred Ninety-Four, Matthew 2, Luke 2
Today's reading includes more of the typical "Christmas story" which really probably happened awhile after Jesus had been born, that is, the visit of the Wise Men, followed by the escape to Egypt.
Next we have the only glimpse of Jesus that we will see again until He is an adult. At 12 years of age, we see Him lagging behind in the Temple after His parents and their traveling party is on their way back to Nazareth. They had been in Jerusalem for the Passover, as was their custom, and this time, Jesus stayed behind to sit around with the Jewish teachers in the Temple courts, listening to them and questioning them.
This whole situation just strikes me as funny. Scripture said everyone who heard Him was amazed at His understanding of the Scriptures! I love that, simply because it's another reminder that this 12-year-old boy is the Great I AM who was before the creation of the world!
Reminds me a little bit of one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies. In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Aslan (the Lion, who is the Christ-figure of the story) tells Peter of a deep magic in Narnia that "defines right from wrong" and "governs destinies". Later, when the White Witch (who is the Satan-figure) demands a meeting with Aslan, she comes accusing them of having a traitor in their midst, reminding them that because of Edmund's mistake, he now belongs to her. She says to Aslan, "Have you forgotten the laws upon which Narnia was built?" His response to her is a very swift and angry, "Don't cite the deep magic to me, Witch! I was there when it was written!"