Jesus Speaks With the Religious Teachers
At age 12, Jesus is at the Temple for a festival and gets lost. His parents look for him for three days and find him in the Temple, wowing the people there because Jesus is wise. After he returns home, he continues to grow in wisdom.
Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people Luke 2:52
Jesus amazed the religious teachers with his understanding and answers. See how amazing your family is at answering tough questions!
Just because Jesus wowed the teachers doesn't mean he was a trivia king. Jesus wowed the teachers because he was wise. You don't have to know a lot of facts to be wise. You just need Jesus to help you make good choices!
Through the Week
Here's an activity you can do throughout the week.
Watch and Discuss
The Bible tells us about a time that Jesus and his parents were at a celebration, and when it was time to go home, Jesus got left behind. What would you do if you got left behind at church? We might figure out ways to camp out at church or to call our parents to come and get us. But let’s see what Jesus did!
Watch “Sticky Story.”
Jesus didn’t panic when he got left behind. He hung out in the Temple—which is what church was back then.
It must have been surprising to Mary and Joseph and the Bible teachers that Jesus knew so much. The Bible tells us he was listening to the teachers and asking questions, and that everyone was amazed at the answers Jesus was giving. Jesus is wise.
The Bible tells us that after this happened, Jesus went home with his parents and that he kept growing—he grew wiser and he grew in size from a boy into a man. When we spend time with Jesus, we can grow in wisdom, too!
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