Jesus grew in favour with God, and so should every child that loves Him.
Luke 2:52, "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God
Jesus grew up in Nazareth and every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the
Passover Feast. When he was twelve years old, they went to the Feast as
usual and when it was over, his parents started returning home. However,
they were unaware that Jesus had stayed behind in Jerusalem. "He's
lost!" exclaimed Mary after they had questioned all their relatives if they
had seen Jesus.
Have you ever been lost? And were you frightened? (Let the children
respond). I'm sure that Jesus was quite happy to be on His own.
But what about Mary and Joseph? How do you think they felt?
(Let the children respond); I think that they were sick with
worry. After all, they had lost the Son of God!
"We had better go back to Jerusalem," said Joseph and they then spent the next
three days anxiously searching Jerusalem from top to bottom for Jesus.
Eventually, they found Him in the temple, sitting with the teachers and
priests. He was listening to them and asking them questions.
Everyone was amazed because He understood and knew so much about God.
"Son," asked Mary, "Why have you behaved like this to us. Your father and
I have been looking everywhere for you and worrying." Jesus answered His
mother, "Why did you look for me? Didn't you know I must be about My
Mary and Joseph did not understand what He was saying to them. But, Jesus
knew that God was His real Father and that He needed to serve God with all
His heart and mind.
But, Jesus was a good boy and after this He went back to the town of Nazareth
with His parents and was obedient to them. But, Mary kept all these
things in her heart and thought often about them. And Jesus? He
continued to grow up, increasing in wisdom and in favour with God and with the
Growing Like Jesus:
Boys and girls you are young, but many of you have accepted Jesus as your Best
Friend, Lord and Saviour. It was for you that Jesus was born here on
earth, and died and rose again. Jesus knew from an early age that God
had chosen Him to die for the sins of all mankind, so that whoever would
believe in Him could have eternal life.
You heard how Jesus continued to grow up, increasing in wisdom and in favour
(pleasing) with God and the people. God wants you to do the same, and
obey the Bible so that you will please God in all you do and say. If you
do this, you will be a blessing not only to your parents, but to everybody you
God will lead and guide you, and you will find out in time what God wants you to
do with your life. Doing this will gain you a crown of righteousness in
Heaven and God's approval where He will say to you, "Well done you good and