24 January

Good Morning and welcome to the last part of our theme thinking about Jesus as a baby and child.

When Jesus was 12 years old.

We ended last week with Jesus returning from Egypt with his parents and going to live in Nazareth. We are left to imagine what Jesus did as a child, whether he went to school, or if he had a best friend, all we know is that “he grew strong in body and wise in spirit. And the grace of God was on him.” (Luke ch 2 verse 40).

The next we hear of Jesus is when he was 12 years old and went with his family and other people from Nazareth to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover, this was a really important celebration for Jesus’ family and friends as it was the time they remembered when their ancestors fled from Egypt to escape from the Pharaoh who treated them as slaves. They all travelled together to and from Jerusalem to keep themselves safe from robbers along the road. They stayed in Jerusalem for a few days and then set off for home again but at the end of the first day of travelling Jesus’ parents realised that Jesus wasn’t with party.

Can you imagine how they felt?

How would you feel if your 12 year old son was missing?

Mary and Joseph were very worried, so off they went back towards Jerusalem wondering, no doubt, whether they would find him injured by the side of the road. They travelled all the way back to Jerusalem and eventually the next day found Jesus sitting in the Temple with the teachers listening to them and asking questions. The questions that Jesus asked and the answers he gave to their questions really impressed the teachers, I’m not sure how impressed Jesus’ parents were at the time.

If you had been his mother what would you have said to Jesus?

As you can imagine Mary was not very pleased and let him know how worried they had been. I don’t think Jesus’ answer really helped the situation, he said “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I had to be here, dealing with the things of my Father?”

It was another strange bit of information that Mary didn’t understand, another saying that we are told Mary didn’t forget but “held deep within herself.” No doubt if she’d had a baby book she would have added it to what the angels, the wise men and Anna and Simeon had said.

However, Jesus didn’t argue with his parents and went back to Nazareth with them where we are told he lived obediently with them.

Activities

Read the story in the Bible in Luke’s Gospel chapter 2 verses 41-52.

Watch it here:

Have you been making a “baby book” for Jesus?

If so what will you add this week? Perhaps a picture of Jesus sitting in the Temple with the teachers or verses from Luke 2 describing what Jesus said and how Mary reacted.

We hope you have enjoyed learning and thinking about Jesus as a child.