Luke 2:48 NLT His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” His mother said to Him, “why have You done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for You everywhere.”
Now I want you do go back and read that verse again keeping in mind that Jesus’ mom and step-dad have been looking for him for 3 days now. I can imagine what their voices would have sounded like. I’m sure they were filled with relief, excitement, as well as a bit of confusion, frustration, anger, and probably a bit gravelly from having searching the streets calling out for him day and night. They had to have been terrified.
As a son in this situation… I too would have been terrified. I would have been terrified that my daddy was gonna ream me out good and that I’d be getting some kind of punishment. Some kids would have copped an attitude and said, “Chill mom, I’m good. I don’t need you looking out for me, I can take care of myself.” Some kids like me would have been horrified of either punishment or in my case that my parents would be gravely disappointed in me and respond either profusely apologetic or like I imagine I would have been solemn, sincere and offer a horrified apology. Yet Jesus wasn’t either of those. Jesus didn’t respond in fear.
Jesus was confident and calm when He responded, “Why did you need to search? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s House?” He wasn’t afraid of losing His mother or step-dad’s approval of Him. He neither pushed back with arrogance nor shuddered in fear. He didn’t have to… He was confident in who He was and in His relationship with the Father. It is our confidence in who we are in Him and in our relationship with the Father that secure us so we can always respond calmly and with confidence in any situation and never have to react or respond from fear.