Saviour in the Temple as a Youth

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By: Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy
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The Saviour in the Temple as a Youth

Joseph and the Most-holy Virgin Mary went to Jerusalem, to the Temple of God, to celebrate the Passover every year. When Jesus reached the age of twelve years, they took Him with them.

At the end of the feast, Joseph and Mary went home. The boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem. Joseph and the Mother of God did not notice it, for they thought that He was coming with relatives and friends. After a whole day on the road, toward evening, they started to look for Jesus among their relatives and acquaintances but did not find Him. In great anxiety, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him. After three days, they found Jesus in the Temple and were amazed. He sat among the scholars, listened to them with attention, questioned them and Himself answered their questions. His unusual intelligence and answers left them wonder struck.


His All-holy Mother went to Him and said, “My Son! Why have You thus dealt with us? Behold, Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing.”

He said unto them, “How is it that you sought Me? Did ye not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

By these words the boy Jesus Christ showed that He was supposed to be in the Temple of God and that He was not simply a man but the Son of God, Who came to earth for a great work which God the Father had commissioned Him to do. They did not then understand His words, but the Holy Virgin Mary kept all His sayings in Her heart.

Jesus Christ went with Joseph and His Mother to Nazareth and was subjected to them. He helped Joseph in his trade, learning carpentry, ceaselessly increasing in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.

Note: See the Gospel of Luke, 2:41-52.

(from: The Law of God
by Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy)