Read Luke 2
Focus on verse 46-47
There is an old movie from 1986 called Short Circuit in which a military robot is brought to life by a freak lighting strike. In one of the scenes where the robot is in the process of learning what it means to be alive, it is seen reading encyclopedias at a blistering rate of speed, apparently retaining everything it views and hears with precision accuracy. When his host asks it if it has not yet had enough, the robot replies “need more input!” The more it learned the more it wanted to learn even more of the new world it had come alive to.
In today’s reading we find an account of Jesus when he was just twelve years old. He had traveled to Jerusalem with his family to attend the celebration of the Feast of the Passover at the temple. After the celebration was over his family began the return journey back home along with many other people who have also made the journey. After traveling for a day they realized that Jesus had not returned with them as they had assumed, so they went back to Jerusalem to find him.
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. (v. 46-47)
It would seem that Jesus had a similar appetite for knowledge to the robot character in the movie Short Circuit. He was interested in more input, and he found a great deal of it in the company of the teachers of the law in the temple. Apparently they were also quite impressed with Jesus as a student. One might argue that if Jesus was really fully divine as He claimed to be, he would have already known everything that was in the scriptures, so why would be interested in hearing the Jewish leaders twist the meaning of the text. Perhaps it was exactly that reason that motivated Him. His parents were only a little upset and worried and when they questioned him about why he did not come back with them, he replied, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (v. 49)
Interestingly, this is the same house that some twenty years later he would enter with a whip made of cords to violently drive the money changers out of the temple court. At that time He refers to the temple as “My house”, (Luke 19:46) which would be consistent with His claim that “I and the Father are one”. (John 10:30)
As a child Jesus looked for input to learn more of His Father and of the teachings of the Law of Moses. As a man, Jesus taught those who followed Him about His Father and the fulfillment of the Law of Moses. As God, Jesus already knew the Law of Moses better than the teachers of the Law, which was why they were amazed at Him. I find it interesting that though Jesus was one with God, and knew the mind of God, He still continued to learn and be teachable. I can’t say I know how that works, but it does remind me that when a person chooses to stop learning, it is not a big step from choosing to stop living, so here’s to MORE INPUT! At my age it seems like less of the input sticks, but I figure that just leaves room for more to come sliding through, so bring it on!