The Boy Jesus in the Temple
Luke 2:41-52 New International Version (NIV)The Boy Jesus at the Temple41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When 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?”[a] 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
This Godly Play story can only be found in the Young Children an Worship book.
Can you imagine the look on Mary and Joseph's face when Jesus said, "Didn't you know I'd be in my Father's house?"
Where is my Father's house?
Who is allowed in my Father's house?
What the rabbi's were like when Jesus visited the temple?
What items did Jesus see in the temple?
What skills do you like in a teacher?
During this Godly Play storytelling time Miss Olivia told us the story of the Boy Jesus in the Temple. We wondered how Mary and Joseph felt when they couldn't find Jesus and we also wondered how our family would feel if we couldn't be found. We then "used our imagination" to create stories from clay.
Jesus learning the stories of the torah.