Luke 2: 41-52

Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

A Thought

Jesus was fully human and he was also fully God. At the age of 12 we find Jesus in the temple courts listening and asking questions, after his family had started their journey home unknowingly without him. After three days they found him. Mary asked, in a humanly manner, why Jesus had treated she and his father that way. Then in a Godly manner Jesus answers that he had to be in his Father’s house. Then Jesus submitted and was obedient returning back home to Nazareth with them. This is the last spoken about Jesus until he was about 30 years old when he began his ministry.

Our Prayer

Father thank you that Jesus was able to live a life on earth without sin and to show us the Way to receive a relationship with you through the forgiveness of our sins. Thank you that we have the Holy Spirit here with us to lead and teach us all things. We love you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.