Introduction: The Bible tells us about Jesus’ birth and early life in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2. Except for one passage, the remainder of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell us about Jesus as an adult. The only passage that tells us about Jesus between his birth and adult life is in Luke 2.
Read Luke 2:41-51
Devotional: In this passage, we find Jesus and his family going to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover that took place every year. Passover was a special time of worship and celebration of God freeing the Israelites from Egyptian slavery during the days of Moses. At this particular Passover, Jesus was twelve years old. Jesus’ family traveled from Nazareth to Jerusalem by walking with a crowd of people. When it was time to return home, Mary and Joseph assumed that Jesus was with the group. After a day’s travel, they realized that he was not with them and returned to Jerusalem to search for him. They found him in the temple among a group of Jewish teachers. Even though he was only 12-years-old, Jesus amazed the teachers with his understanding of Scriptures. As his parents saw this, they were amazed too. But they also asked him why he had stayed behind in Jerusalem. Jesus responded, “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” That was Jesus’ way of saying that learning about God’s was of greatest importance to him. Even though Jesus was still young, we learn three things about him: (1) At the age of twelve, Jesus knew Scripture very well. (2) Jesus wanted to know even more things about God and His Word. (3) Jesus put God first in everything that he did.
Read Luke 2:52 — Luke chapter 2 ends with the special words of verse 52. That verse tells us the kind of person Jesus was in his younger years and all throughout his life. Even though he had great understanding at a young age, he continued to grow in wisdom. He also grew “in stature,” meaning he grew up physically. Finally, Jesus “grew in favor with God and man.” That tells us that Jesus grew in his relationship with God and his relationships with all people. Even though this verse is about Jesus, all of us can grow in these ways no matter how young or old we are.
DISCUSSION: How can we grow in wisdom, stature, and favor with God & man?
Prayer: Thank God for helping us grow up and pray that we grow in Him in all ways.