Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, because they assumed he was among the other travelers. Luke 2:41-44.
As we read this scripture, we understand the frantic searching for Jesus for three days. We also remember being twelve years old proclaims we are ready to begin adulthood’s calls. This young Boy-Man is the Son of God. Is it any wonder He was in the Temple with religious teachers.
The 52nd verse describes His growing up. It is what all parents desire for their children. Growing up in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and men. One of the difficult growth factors is allowing your child to grow up, making decisions on their own. Again Mary pondered this happening as a treasured memory in her heart. Jesus continued to be obedient, and yet reminded his parents, He must be working for His Father.
I Thessalonians had not been written, yet Jesus knew this truth. For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.
Jesus is our Good News. Without His sacrifice on the cross and resurrection, there is no Hope in this world. He teaches to love one another and serve God only!
When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there. Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers… Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people. Luke 2:45-47, 52.