Jesus Stories

Young Jesus is Lost

Joseph, Mary and Jesus lived in Nazareth.

Each year, Joseph took his family to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover
It was a long journey.

They would travel with other people.

On their journey, they would meet people going to Jerusalem.

They would all travel together.

With all of these people traveling together, this made a caravan.

One time, when Jesus was 12 years old, they went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover.

After the days of Passover in Jerusalem were over, they were getting ready to return home.

With all the people trying to get ready to leave, it was confusion.

Hustle and bustle.

People talking.

Kids running.

Mary and Joseph looked for Jesus.

They asked people if they had seen him.

The people said that he was playing with the other children.

Joseph and Mary joined the caravan.

They left Jerusalem.

After a day's journey, they still couldn't find Jesus.

Mary and Joseph left the caravan and returned to Jerusalem.

They looked for Jesus.

One day.

Mary and Joseph searched and searched for Jesus.

Two days.

Mary and Joseph were so worried.

Where could Jesus be?

On the third day, they went to the temple.

There was Jesus!

They found him after 3 days of searching.

Jesus was sitting with teachers.

He was listening to them.

He was asking questions.

All who heard Jesus were astounded with his understanding.

Mary said to Jesus, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you.  We were so worried!"

Jesus said very gently to her, "Why were you searching for me?  Did you not know that I would be in my Father's House?"

Jesus returned with them to Nazareth.

He never caused them one more worry.

Mary and Joseph did not understand the meaning of the words Jesus had spoken to them in the temple.

Mary thought of them often.

She treasured every word Jesus spoke in her heart.

What do you think?
Did you think Jesus would be found?
Why was Jesus at the temple?
What did Jesus mean when he spoke to his parents?

Write to me and tell me what you think, BUT, ask your parents first.

Let's Pray

Dear God,
Thank you for my parents
Help me to always stay close to them.
Help me to always stay close to you.
Help me to never get lost.
This I ask through Christ Our Lord

Can you think of a better prayer?

This story can be found in
Luke 2:41-52

Write to me, please

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