Birth of Jesus
Pictorial Explanation of the Birth of Jesus or the Christmas story
from the Bible, with helpful written comments

Jesus as a 12 year old boy

Jsus  about 12 years old

We have only this little piece of Jesus' life from when his parents came back to Nazareth and the beginning of Jesus' public ministry.

Background Reading:

Luke 2:41-52

The Boy Jesus at the Temple

41 Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.43 After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.44Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions

47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."

49 "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"50But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.


Matthew 2:19-23

The Return to Nazareth

19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt20 and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead."

21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee,23and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene."

More Information:

Jesus, a 12 yer old youth, like every Jewish boy became a son of the law or  servant of the law [pais-Greek] eg old enough to start serving God.

This was Jesus coming of age or Bar Mitzvah.

Between 12-13 years old a Jewish boy becomes a man.

Jesus grew up and stayed with his parents until he left home to start his public ministry.


Overview Presentations - The Birth of Jesus or the Christmas story  page 21