The Bible doesn’t tell us much about Jesus as a child, but Luke 2 gives a tiny glimpse into what it was like for Mary trying to raise the Savior.
Mary and Joseph began their parenting experience by having Jesus circumcised and giving him the name provided by the angel. When the time came, they presented Jesus at the temple according to the Law of Moses. This is where they met Simeon who gave them a blessing and a prophecy.
Simeon told Mary, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:34-35)
The family returned to Galilee to the town of Nazareth, “And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.” (v. 40)
Mary, Joseph, and Jesus went to Jerusalem each year for Passover, but when he was twelve, rather than going along with the group, he stayed behind to hang out in the temple.
How distraught Mary must have been when she discovered he was missing. For three days they searched before finding him sitting among the teachers, listening, asking questions, learning.
Mary admonished him. “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” (v.48)
But He didn’t understand their worry. He was where He was supposed to be, doing what He was designed to do. But He went home with them and was submissive to them.
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