Sunday School Lesson

First Posted: 1/15/2009

Jesus found in the Temple
Can you imagine what Joseph and Mary experienced as the earthly parents of Christ Jesus?
It was definitely their honor that God had chosen them to fill this role in His Son's life. Enormous responsibilities accompanied the honor, though. They were responsible for His safety, and it was their duty to lead Him to worship just like any other Jewish boy.
Luke tells us Joseph and Mary went every year to Jerusalem at the time of the Feast of the Passover. They were poor, and this probably strained them financially, but it obviously was a priority in their home.
It may not always be convenient to go to church, but we ought to make every effort to attend public worship services. This becomes even more important when a child is involved.
All parents are entrusted with a precious gift, and we have a duty to go with out children to worship and praise God.
On the occasion Luke tells us about in chapter 2, Jesus was twelve years old.
At the end of the feast, Joseph and Mary set out for home. They walked along the road with a large group of people that included relatives and friends as well as strangers.
Joseph and Mary assumed Jesus was among the group leaving Jerusalem. When they had walked for a day, Joseph and Mary looked for Jesus, but they could not find Him.
It was, of course, a day's journey back to Jerusalem. Then they searched the city for a day before finally finding Jesus in the temple. Luke said Jesus was “sitting in the midst of the doctors” of the law.
He was in the presence of these experts in the law as one of their peers. He was not at their feet as one being taught, nor was He just another person in a group of people who might have gathered to listen to these men.
Jesus, a 12-year-old boy, was actively engaged in questioning these experts and His insight led them to ask Him questions. They knew this was no ordinary child.
His understanding of the Scriptures astonished everyone who heard Him. How could a child have such knowledge and understanding?
When Mary saw Jesus, she asked why he had done this thing to them. Of course, Joseph and Mary were worried about Jesus the same as any parent would be deeply troubled when a child's whereabouts are unknown.
Jesus told His parents they should have known He was occupied in His Father's business, but they did not understand what He was telling them. Who could have known?
He went home with them to Nazareth and “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Jesus grew in every way to be the Savior of the world.

n The Sunday school lesson is written by Ed Wilcox, pastor of Centerville Baptist Church, Lumberton, N.C. [email protected]

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