"Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast." (Luke 2:41-42)
The Passover feast was a celebration of Deliverance and salvation. God required that Israel observe this feast each spring, to commemorate Israel's liberation from Egypt. God sent His servant Moses to lead the children of Israel to the Promised Land.
Moses brought ten plagues upon Egypt, the last of which was the death of all first-born males, both of mankind and animals.
The Israelites were instructed to take a lamb without blemish, and to sacrifice it that evening. They were to take of the lamb's blood, and put it upon the entrance of there house.
When God saw the blood upon the door of their house, He passed over that house, sparing the first-born in that house.
Jesus' earthly parents made the pilgrimage each year from Galilee to Jerusalem, to observe this all-important Jewish festival.
Little did they know that they were raising "The Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world".
1) Jesus liberated us from Satan's bondage!
2) Jesus saved us from the penalty of our sin by His sacrifice upon the cross of Calvary! He saved us from spiritual death.
3) Jesus is leading us to the Promised Land!
4) His presence in our heart comforts us, and guides us, along the way.
I can just imagine Jesus, as a little boy, going to Jerusalem each year with Mary and Joseph, to celebrate the Passover. He, knowing, that He is the Lamb of God, and that He would die at Jerusalem at the age of 33, to take away our sin.
That is a big load of responsibility for a child to assume! But, let us not forget, that, even when He was a boy, He was God with us!
If you are carrying a heavy load, today, unburden yourself at the foot of the cross. Jesus will take that load upon Himself, because He loves you, and because, He can.
And never forget that Jesus is "the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world".
From my heart to your heart.