Then were there brought unto Him little children, that He should put His hands on them and pray. (Matthew 19:13)
After Herod died Joseph was told by God that it was safe to return to Israel. They came back to live in Nazareth. Here Jesus grew up. He would have helped Joseph who was a carpenter. Jesus always did as his parents asked.
Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When Jesus was twelve years old he went with them along with all the other people. It was only when Mary and Joseph were turning home that they realised that Jesus was not with them or the other people who travelled with them.
Mary and Joseph hurried back to Jerusalem to look for Jesus and after three days of looking they found him in the Temple. Jesus was sitting in the middle of teachers and scribes. He was listening to them and asking them questions. The teachers and scribes were astonished at his understanding and his answers.
"Son, why have you done this to us? Look, your father and I have been anxiously looking for you."
"Why did you look for me? Didn't you know I would be about My Father's business."
They didn't really understand what Jesus meant. They returned home to Nazareth where Mary remembered all the things that Jesus said.
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