Passage: Luke 2:41~52

Key verse: 49

1. Jesus' burning desire to learn (41-47)

When Jesus was 12 years old, his parents took him with them when they made their annual trip to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. Jesus was a growing boy--eager to learn everything. He was so eager to study the Bible that he stayed in the temple, asking questions and listening to the Bible teachers there. Jesus was growing in every way. In his eager desire to learn, he forgot about his parents.

2. Jesus learns obedience (48-52)

Jesus' parents were concerned when they found him missing from the company of pilgrims from Nazareth. They finally found him in the temple, and rebuked him for causing them so much anxiety. He revealed to them that he knew his identity as God's Son. But even God's Son had to learn obedience (Heb 5:8). God's discipline is a sign of God's love (Heb 12:6). God's work for Jesus in his youth was to study and grow. And he learned obedience, for this is essential to growth (Heb 5:8).

Prayer: Lord, give me spiritual and intellectual desire, and an obedient heart.

One Word: Keep on growing