The Child Jesus Visits Jerusalem
Interwoven Gospels

Now His parents used to go every year to Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up according to the custom of the feast. And having fulfilled the days, as they were returning, the Boy Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and His parents knew it not, but supposing Him to be in the company, they went a day's journey, and sought Him among their kindred and their acquaintance. And not finding Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking diligently for Him.

And it came to pass, after three days, they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them and asking them questions. Now all those who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. And when they saw Him they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, "Child, why didst Thou do so to us? Behold, Thy father and I, greatly distressed, were seeking Thee." And He said to them, "Why is it that ye were seeking Me? Did ye not know that I must be at My Father's work?" And they understood not the saying which He spake to them.

And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And His mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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