Jesus in His Father’s House

Luke 2:41-52 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Jesus in His Father’s House
41 Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast;

 

From NetBible Lk 2:42

  • *According to the Mishnah, the age of twelve years old is one year before a boy becomes responsible for his religious commitments

43 and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it, 44 but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day’s journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him. 46 Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. 48 When they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You.” 49 And He said to them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?”

From Zondervan KJV Study Bible Lk 2:49

  • *Jesus pointed to His personal duty to His Father in heaven. He contrasted His “my Father” with Mary’s “thy Father”(v48). At 12 years of age He was aware of His unique relationship to God. He was also obedient to His earthly parents(v51).

50 But they did not understand the statement which He had made to them. 51 And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.