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; 
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?” 
50 But they did not understand the statement which He had made to them.


Only 12 years old, Jesus was an eager listener and seeker of the things of God. 

Jesus went so far as to leave His parents’ side in order to spend more time with His heavenly Father (v. 46). Jesus asked deep questions and sought solid answers. 

The teachers of the temple were rabbis, scholars of the Law of Moses. It was highly unusual for a boy to be welcomed by a group of rabbis, much less amaze them with brilliant understanding. 

Note that Jesus not only asked questions of the rabbis, but He also provided them with “answers” (v. 47). The rabbis gleaned from the Son’s knowledge of the Father.

Jesus’ desire to learn from the Father reveals something about the nature of God and the way we are to approach Him. 

God is worthy of deep exploration, and because He is our Father, we can and must explore. 

Even our closest human relationships contain surprises; how much more so will we be pleased and surprised as we pursue our relationship with God!

From this passage, we see that this is particularly necessary with regard to our minds. Jesus loved God not only with His heart, soul, and strength
—but also with His mind. 

Jesus’ actions beg the question, “How can we truly love God if we don’t know about Him?” In every way, our minds—including our intellectual pursuits—reveal our hearts. 

  • What does the Son’s intellectual pursuit of God reveal about the Father’s nature?
  • How can you love God with your mind this week?
  • Praise God for His characteristics, for all that you know about Him. Thank Him for who He is, and pray that you would further your understanding of who He is by reading His Word.