This is the only story we have about Jesus between His infancy and the beginning of His ministry roughly at age 30. Of course there are theories and tales galore, but this is the only reliable record of that period. One thing is clear about young Jesus; He knew who He was.
After the Passover was completed, His family set off for the return trip to Nazareth. It was a large party, and everyone seems to have assumed that 12-year-old Jesus was in the group, but after a day, Mary and Joseph headed back to Jerusalem to find Him; ah yes, 12-year-olds will get into mischief!
After three days they finally found the boy in the Temple sitting with the teachers listening, asking, answering… Everyone there was amazed that such a young boy had so much understanding. Here’s the part that’s telling:
His mother asked Him: “Son…
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