Submission, Christ our Example

This past Sunday my pastor spoke about submission to authority as told in 1 Peter 2:13-25. We see from Scripture that the behavior of Jesus and His suffering is a model for us when it comes to submission. This topic is not very popular regardless of whether or not you claim to be a Believer.

There is hint of Christ modeling this behavior from an early age that I think tends to be overlooked. We don’t know great detail about the life of Jesus prior to the start of His ministry, but in Luke 2:41-52, we see the following.

Visit to Jerusalem

41 Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast ; 43 and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it, 44 but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day’s journey ; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him. 46 Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. 48 When they saw Him, they were astonished ; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You treated us this way ? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You.” 49 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?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He had made to them. 51 And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Have you ever lost your kid somewhere? Raise your hands, let me see them because I am not the only one. There is a moment of shear panic that comes over you until you find your child, and then what happens? You find them only get after them. Well, imagine being Mary & Joseph and that’s right you have lost the Savior of the world! You can almost hear it in Mary’s voice,  “His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You treated us this way ? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You.”

This is the verse in Luke 2 that stands out to me.

And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart. (Luke 2:51)

Isn’t that an amazing thought? That the God of the universe that He created, came from Heaven to Earth to take the form of man. If that was not enough the Bible tells is that while growing up Jesus continued in subjection meaning that He submitted to His parents.  Jesus, God the Son, the Alpha & the Omega arranges Himself to be subject to Mary & Joseph. By the way, the Greek word for subjection is the same word that is used 6 times in 1 Peter describing how we should submit to authority. In doing this, Jesus was both fulfilling one of the 10 Commandments, and modeling the example.

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you. (Exodus 12:12)

It was evident that Jesus fulfilled this commandment because we read that ” His mother treasured all these things in her heart.” I wonder if that is why God chose not to reveal more about God the Son as a child, teenager or young adult. Jesus would not your typical child or teenager. He obeyed His parents fully, and they did not have to deal with the things that many of us have to deal with. There is the contrast between Jesus living a sinless life, and our children with their sinful nature.

The more I know about the example Christ has set for us, the more amazed I am. The more I realize how twisted humanity has it, and how prideful we are not to submit easily or willing to our parents, and authority. But, then like finding your lost child, your fears are relieved when you find Jesus. You find His examples to us on how to submit that are only made possible through His power from a relationship with Him. With the power of the Holy Spirit He bends us to His will instead of ours.

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