5. Then Jesus was—on His own confession—a Matthew 11:28–30 Savior: He was, indeed, “gentle and lowly in heart.” He treated the sick as though they were His own family; He was “gentle” in the way He approached widows as though they were His mother; He was “lowly in heart” in His attention to the “little people”—the poor, the sick, and, yes, also the children. These are not “big stage” things but little details. It is surely significant that a man who “reviled him” was converted by watching the way He died (Matt. 27:44; Luke 23:42–43) and perhaps not least by the way He cared for the mother who had loved Him (John 19:26–27).
Is there an explanation for this? We find it, at least in part, where Jesus Himself did—in Isaiah 50:4: “Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.” Although He owned no Hebrew Bible of His own, He had hidden it in His heart. He listened to God’s Word each day and meditated on it. That means something more than merely reading it. He was reflecting on it, letting it sink in, digesting it.
Jesus’ parents should have known that if He were to be found anywhere in Jerusalem, it would be in the temple. Had they not taught Him to desire one thing, namely, to “dwell in the house of the Lord . . . to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple” (Ps. 27:4)? That was exactly what He was doing when His “father and . . . mother [had] forsaken” Him (v. 10).
Our Lord’s faithfulness in little things, then, was simply the reflection of the perfect beauty He saw in the face of His Father as He listened eagerly to what He had to say. May that be true for us also.