Occasion when Jesus was age 12©
ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
Peace Crusader and Echo of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit who we (plural) talk to revealed what happened when Jesus was twelve years old. Was it because of the Passover that the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus went to Jerusalem?
The account in the Holy Bible, Luke 2:41-52 (King James Version), is as follows:
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
42 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them; but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
The Mosaic Law requires males to go to Jerusalem, as stated in the following:
Exodus 23:17 – “Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the LORD God.”
Deuteronomy 16:16 – “Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:”
The Feast of Unleavened Bread or Passover Festival or Pesach is one of these pilgrimages to Jerusalem (Exodus 12:14-20, 23:15, 34:18; Deuteronomy 16:1-8). If it was the Passover, Mary would just have stayed home and would not have joined Joseph and Jesus in this trip. Why then was Mary present in this trip? Was she required to attend the Passover Festival in Jerusalem? She is a female person.
The Holy Spirit revealed that on their way home to Nazareth from Jerusalem, Emperor Tiberius Caesar asked the Blessed Virgin Mary for her son Jesus so he could adopt Him. Why chose Jesus instead of so many young lads? The emperor must have seen Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem or had been informed about Him when He sat with the Jewish teachers, listening to them, asking questions, and giving intelligent answers. The emperor told Mary that he needed someone to pass on his power.
The Holy Spirit mentioned Emperor Tiberius Caesar. Augustus Caesar must have already died and that Tiberius Caesar was chosen to replace him as the new emperor. As part of his PR (public relations) exercise, Tiberius must have introduced himself to his subjects. He must have decreed that all people to register in a census in order that the government would know the expected tax it could collect from them. Hence, it is just logical to think that the Holy Family’s going to Jerusalem was not the Passover Festival but the registration for the census.
This action is also logical because when Tiberius died, he “left the imperial treasury with nearly 3 billion sesterces.” Rather than embarking on “costly campaigns of conquest,” he “strengthened the existing empire … using diplomacy as well as military threats, and generally refrained from getting drawn into petty squabbles between competing frontier tyrants. The result was a stronger, more consolidated empire” (http://www.answers.com/topic/tiberius).
This census must have been similar to the trip that Joseph and Mary did when Jesus was born twelve years earlier. Bethlehem is the city of David, the home city of Joseph because he was of the house and lineage of David. It is some eight kilometers south of Jerusalem. Therefore, the Holy Family had to pass by Jerusalem to go to Bethlehem because Nazareth where they lived is to the north, some 100 km away. On their way home from Bethlehem, they would have passed by Jerusalem and paid homage to God at the Temple there.
The continuation of this story will be at http://aristean.org/054-pilate.htm entitled “Who was crucified, Jesus or Pilate?”.
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