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Jesus - Child in the Temple

Updated on November 11, 2014

Jesus as a Child - In the Temple.

We do not get told much about the life of Jesus as a child, but the Bible tells us about an important event when Jesus was 12 years old.

The Bible tells us the story in Luke chapter 2 v 39-52. Jesus gets left behind in the temple after the feast, and when his parents return to find him, he is preaching to the people there.

And the child grew , and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned , the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46 And it came to pass , that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions .

47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

48 And when they saw him, they were amazed : and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold , thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing .

49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?

50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Books about the Child Jesus in the Temple

Young Jesus Video 1

Printable Worksheets on Jesus the Child in the Temple

Here are a variety of colouring sheets, wordsearches and quizzes about Jesus aged 12 in the temple

Young Jesus video 2

My Father's Business


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      applejacking 4 years ago

      New method to teach my little brother. Interesting story.

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      bluewren56 lm 6 years ago

      This is a great story for teaching to our kids (and us adults as well).

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      Delia 6 years ago

      great lens..I wish I knew more about Jesus' childhood...wonder why God did not allow us to know more.

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      Eighteen18 6 years ago

      @faithseguin: Hmm.. what facilities do you have? If you have internet access there obviously you could show it from this lens... however, if not, then I believe that Real Player has the ability to download videos

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      faithseguin 6 years ago

      I would like to use this video for our church's VBS. How do I go about doing this?

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      I love this story :)