“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” … And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
We know very little about Jesus as a boy except for this short story in Luke. While His parents were in Jerusalem for a feast He wandered off to the temple and was forgotten there. (People would have traveled in large groups for the festivals and it would have been easy to assume a child was with another family.)
When Mary and Joseph discover that Jesus is missing and return to Jerusalem, they find Him at the temple, speaking with the teachers. Jesus not only listened to the teachers but He answered questions and amazed everyone who heard Him speak.
During His ministry Jesus stated that a person must have the faith of a little child to enter the kingdom of God. It is easy to dismiss what children can know and understand about the Bible but this is the best time to teach them.
As we become older, we become more set in our ways and arrogantly believe that we know everything. Children are naturally curious however and want to know the answers of life. There is no better time to teach them the Bible than when they are young as this sets the foundation for their entire life.
Jesus grew in wisdom and stature because He sought answers from the one source that provided the spiritual answers to life. It is not enough to be wise in the world’s eyes; we must be wise in God’s eyes as well.