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40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.
The Boy Jesus at the Temple
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
The Boy Jesus at the Temple ~
Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Think about Jesus being a boy and his desire was to sit among the teachers to listen and to learn. He was different and he wanted to know more. In verse 48, Jesus parents were anxiously searching for him. I can only imagine not seeing your child for days like this. I question things my mind of how you couldn't miss your child immediately and it took a day, but I guess that is part of his story.
I remember my husband telling me that he felt different than his brothers and sisters. He wanted to read the Bible and pray. His siblings would tease him but he continue praying. He said he always paid his titles even as a child. When I think of all of this, I was so different. I never had a desire to read the bible or pray as a kid. I heard about Jesus, but I didn't want to know more. I just wanted a bike and to play outside. Each of us are different and the desires of our heart is different too. Fast forward to being an adult, I have learned a lot over time. I have answered the call on my life and I encourage others too.
Are you answering the call God has put on your life? It doesn't matter your age, your yes to God is important. Stop today and give God some thanks for your life. Each of your years of life have taught your somethings. I'm sure things you are totally proud of and other things not so proud of in life. At least that's the way I feel. I don't think I would change anything in my life, if that changes who I am today. That little boy or little girl inside all of us, continues to learn and grow in different ways. Put God number one and continue to give daily thanks.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.