A child who was missing, but was not missing

Luke Bible Background

03.22.2018 – New Testament: Luke 2.43–46

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 2.25–52 on March 22, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

When Jesus was 12 years old, His family went to Jerusalem for the Passover, but they traveled with a large group of people and when it was time to leave, His parents assumed that He was somewhere in the group.

They traveled for a day and did not find Him. They returned to Jerusalem and found Him after three days. If you have been separated from your child for even a brief time, you know the terror that consumed Joseph and Mary.

However, they found Him doing something wonderful, although at the time, they did not think it was wonderful,

When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions (Luke 2.43–46).

I wonder if as He listened to the teachers and asked them questions, did it seem to them like He had written the Bible? What would it have been like to teach Jesus and to hear His questions?


  • Do the questions of children amaze you?
  • Are you surprised by how much they know and how much they want to know?

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