Luke 2:41-52 (New International Version)
The Boy Jesus at the Temple
41Every year his
parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. 42When he was twelve years
old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. 43After
the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy
Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44Thinking
he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began
looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45When they did not find him,
they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46After three days they found him in the
temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking
them questions. 47Everyone
heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48When
his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him,
"Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been
anxiously searching for you."
49"Why were you
searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my
Father's house?" 50But
they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51Then he went
down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother
treasured all these things in her heart. 52And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in
favor with God and men.