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Luke 2:41-52


Read Luke 2:41-52

41 Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. 42 When Jesus was twelve years old, they went to the festival as usual. 43 When the festival was over, they started back home, but the boy Jesus stayed in Jerusalem. His parents did not know this; 44 they thought that he was with the group, so they traveled a whole day and then started looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 They did not find him, so they went back to Jerusalem looking for him. 46 On the third day they found him in the Temple, sitting with the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions. 47 All who heard him were amazed at his intelligent answers. 48 His parents were astonished when they saw him, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you.”

49 He answered them, “Why did you have to look for me? Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?” 50 But they did not understand his answer.

51 So Jesus went back with them to Nazareth, where he was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 Jesus grew both in body and in wisdom, gaining favor with God and people.

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society


Verse 52: “Jesus grew both in body and in wisdom, gaining favor with God and people.” It is interesting that Luke points out the fact that Jesus grew in favor with God and with people.  As Christians we should be likeable because of the beauty of the fruit of the Spirit in us and through us.


Dear Jesus, thank you for showing us the way of gentle faithful love - and for growing with us in all of your humanity.

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