We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids and also to consider these truths for your own life.
Background: After the shepherds and wise men had worshiped Jesus as a child, Joseph took Mary and Jesus to Egypt to avoid Herod’s evil plan to kill Jesus. Once Herod died, God told them to go back to Nazareth. Now this week’s lesson begins when Jesus was about 12 years old. Joseph, Mary, and Jesus (along with every other Jew) traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of the Passover, which was to tell/remind everyone of God’s saving power when He rescued Israel from slavery in Egypt.
Opening/Ice Breaker: Do you remember a time when you hid from us? Why did you hide? As a parent, share with your children about a time when you couldn’t find them (even if just for a minute), and share with them how worried you were. Well in this week’s lesson, Mary and Joseph felt what it was like to not know where Jesus was.
Tell the Story: So every year, all the Jews traveled to Jerusalem to practice and celebrate the Passover, and they usually traveled together in large groups. So when it was time to head back home to Nazareth, Joseph and Mary left with the rest of the Jews, but Jesus as a 12 year old boy stayed in Jerusalem. His parents did not think much about him at first because the group of people was pretty large, but after the first day they became worried. Joseph and Mary couldn’t find Jesus! So they returned to Jerusalem to look for Jesus and after three days they found him in the Temple sitting with the teachers listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard Jesus was amazed at his understanding and his answers as a 12 year old. When Mary saw him, she asked him why he made her worry so much about where he was. And Jesus responded, “Did you not know that I would be in my Father’s house?” Joseph and Mary did not know what he was saying, but Jesus was referring to God as his Father. Then Jesus returned home with his parents and he grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.
- Why did Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel to Jerusalem? (To celebrate the Passover.)
- How did Mary and Joseph respond to Jesus when they found him after three days?
- When Jesus said, “Did you not know that I would be in my Father’s house?” what did he mean? Who was his Father?
- At the end it says Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature. What does that mean? As a parent how can you help your children to grow in wisdom and in stature?
As parents we are concerned about our children’s safety, but we must trust God to protect them as well, and we need to realize the importance of leading them to a relationship with Jesus.
REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.
Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
Memory Verse: Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15
Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 19 - Session 4