Young Jesus in the Temple
Did you not know I would be in my Father's House?
When Jesus was about 12 years old He went with His family to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover festival.
As they were returning to Nazareth with the caravan, Mary and Joseph discovered that Jesus was missing!
They returned to Jerusalem and looked and looked for Him.
After 3 days they finally found Jesus in the Temple, sitting with the teachers, listening and asking questions... and teaching them.
All who heard Him were amazed at His understanding of the Bible and God.
Jesus' mother said, "Son, we were so worried. We have been looking and looking for you."
And Jesus said,"Why were you looking for me? Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"
But He left with them and returned to Nazareth, where He continued to obey His parents and to grow in God's love.
Adapted from Luke 2:41-52