Series: Who is Jesus
Theme: Jesus, the Son of God
Lesson Number: 3 of 4
Lesson Title: In His Father’s House
Memory Verse: Colossians 3:20; Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
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ELEMENTARY LESSON: IN HIS FATHER’S HOUSE Month’s Theme: JESUS SON OF GOD
Luke 2:40-52; (Read this from the scriptures) When Jesus was a boy, He may have been told about His miraculous birth. He grew up in a loving family. He knew Mary as His mother and Joseph as His father. He lived just like the other children, doing the same things that other boys did. He was part of a Jewish family who studied the scriptures and followed the Jewish customs.
One of their family traditions was to travel to Jerusalem each year, to their temple at the time of Passover, to celebrate the feast. When Jesus was twelve years old He went with His parents to Jerusalem. Maybe this was His first time, but already God was preparing Him for His future. Jesus must have been very interested in what went on in the temple. It was a place of prayer and sacrifice and teaching. It was the House of God. As a Jewish boy Jesus would study about the temple, the sacrifices and annual feasts. Jesus stayed behind at the temple when His family left to travel home. Maybe He was so distracted by His interest in the temple that He did not even notice that his parents were gone. Three days later His parents found Him still at the temple. By now Jesus had made quite an impression on the teachers at the temple. He seemed to have a special understanding and knowledge. Probably by this age Jesus already knew something about what God’s plan was for Him. He must have recognized many of the scriptures that spoke about Him. He knew who He was, the Son of God, the Promised One. Jesus acknowledged God as His Father when He said to His parents, “Why is it that you were looking for me? Did you not know that I had to be in my Father’s house?” His parents did not understand!
But it was not yet time for Jesus to begin His work. He still needed to grow up. God had placed Him in a family where He could grow and mature. He went home with His parents and lived with them and obeyed them. The Bible says that He continued in subjection to them. (Luke 2:51&52) And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Often young people have some idea about what they will do when they grow up. They may have a special interest or ability in something. This is one of God’s ways of preparing you for the plan that God has for you. Sometimes other people, including your family, do not understand your special ability or interest. Even if your parents do not completely understand you, God has placed you in their care. They want what is best for you and just as Jesus lived in obedience to His parents, you need to obey yours. The Bible says that this is pleasing to God.