1. Our purpose for studying "The Story of Jesus" is to help us grow in our knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:18). 2. In our study of the Lord's birth we pointed out from Matthew 2 that: a. Jesus was born in Bethlehem (vs.1) b. Joseph took Mary and Jesus to Egypt to avoid Herod (vs.13-14) c. the family returned to Nazareth after Herod died (vs.19-23). 3. This lesson is a study of Jesus' childhood.
I. IMPORTANT INFORMATION RELATING TO JESUS' CHILDHOOD IS RECORDED IN LUKE 2:39-52
A. (vs.39-40) Jesus grew up in Nazareth. B. (vs.41) Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem every year to observe Passover (Exodus 12:14-20, 24-27). C. (vs.42) One trip to Jerusalem occurred when Jesus was twelve. D. (vs.43) As Joseph and Mary were going home, Jesus remained in Jerusalem. E. (vs.44-47) Jesus was found in the temple. F. (vs.48-50) Mary questioned Jesus. G. (vs.51) Joseph, Mary, and Jesus returned to Nazareth where He was subject to them. H. (vs.52) Jesus grew in four areas: intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially.
II. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELATING TO CHILDREN AND PARENTS
A. Children are a "heritage of the Lord" (Psalm 127:3). B. As a child, Jesus provided the proper example for children to follow (Ephesians 6:1-3; Colossians 3:20). C. Joseph and Mary set proper examples for parents to follow (Colossians 3:21; Ephesians 6:4; Titus 2:3-5; 2 Timothy 1:5).