The New Testament does not tell us too much about the childhood of Jesus. One account, though, that gives great insight is Luke 2:41-52, the story of Jesus and His parents’ visit to Jerusalem during the feast of Passover. Read it over and then answer the following questions:
How does this story help to illustrate the decidedly Jewish character of the Gospels and how central the religion was to all that took place?
How is it significant that this story took place during the Passover?
For how many days were Jesus’ parents not able to find Him? Of what does that remind you?
Though Jesus was an obedient child, His answer to His parents appears to be almost a rebuke. What important point does His reply contain? What does this say to all of us about what must have top priority in our lives?
Read Luke 2:51. What does it mean that He was
subject to them? How does this verse give us even more insight into the amazing condescension on the part of God for our salvation? What can this teach us about the need for submission in the right time and place?