Jesus' Garden Tomb (Gordon's Tomb)
- Do you believe Jesus had great wisdom?
- Do you believe Jesus performed miracles?
Do you believe Jesus died on the Cross for your sins?
I assume you have answered “yes” to these three questions. For today, let’s take a look at
the life of Jesus after His birth, and before His adulthood . . . let’s look at what the
Scripture tells us about Jesus’ childhood . . . Let’s take a look at a portion of
Luke 2:40-52 to answer some questions that you may have regarding
”what does the Scripture tell us about Jesus?”
Luke 2:40-52 (NIV):
40 And the
child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the
grace of God was upon him.
41 Every year his parents went to
42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the
43 After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus
stayed behind in
44 Thinking 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
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
49 "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in
my Father's house?"
50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Then he went down to
treasured all these things in her heart.
52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
What does 2:40 & 2:49 tell us about Jesus’
relationship with God?
Now let’s take a look at what several commentaries state on this subject:
Per the IVP New Testament Commentary on 2:40-41:
Regarding 2:40-41: “. . . After the host of witnesses to Jesus in Luke
now speaks for himself for the first time. This is the literary climax of Luke's initial
section and shows the sense of mission and self-awareness Jesus possesses. Jesus has a
unique relationship to God and a clear sense of his calling, one that transcends his
relationship to his earthly parents. That this event, though strictly speaking not an
infancy account, belongs in this initial literary division of Luke is indicated by the fact
that it takes place in the temple, which is where the section started in Luke 1:5 . . . .”
Per the Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on 2:40:
Regarding 2:40: “They found him in some
part of the temple, where the doctors of the
law kept their schools; he was sitting there, hearkening to their instructions, proposing
questions, and answering inquiries, with such wisdom, that those who heard were
delighted with him.”
Per Adam Clarke Commentary:
Regarding 2:41, “. . . And our Lord, being now twelve
years old, Luke 2:42, accompanies
his parents to the feast. Probably this was the very age at which the male children were
obliged to appear before the Lord at the three public festivals-the feast of unleavened
bread, of weeks, and of tabernacles. According to the Jewish canons, it was the age at
which they were obliged to begin to learn a trade.”
Regarding 2:46, “Asking them questions. Not as a scholar asks his teacher, to be
informed; but as a teacher, who proposes questions to his scholars in order to take
an occasion to instruct them.”
Per Got Questions
Question: "Why doesn't the Bible say much about Jesus' childhood?"
Answer: Other than Luke 2:41-52, the Bible
does not tell us anything about Jesus’
youth. From this incident we do know certain things about Jesus’ childhood. First, He
was the son of parents who were devout in their religious observances. As required by
their faith, Joseph and Mary made the yearly pilgrimage to
Passover. In addition, they brought their 12-year-old son to celebrate His first Feast in
preparation for His bar mitzvah at age 13, when Jewish boys commemorate their passage
into adulthood. Here we see a typical boy in a typical family of that day.
We see also in this story that Jesus’ lingering in the temple was neither
mischievous nor disobedient, but a natural result of His knowledge that He must be about
His Father’s business. That He was astonishing the temple teachers with His wisdom and
knowledge speaks to His extraordinary abilities, while His listening and asking questions
of His elders shows that He was utterly respectful, taking the role of a student as was
fitting for a child of His age.
From this incident to His baptism at age 30, all we know of Jesus’ youth was
He left Jerusalem and returned to Nazareth with His parents and “was obedient to them”
Luke 2:51. He fulfilled His duty to His earthly parents in submission to the 5th
commandment, an essential part of the perfect obedience to the law of Moses which He
rendered on our behalf. Beyond that, all we know is that “Jesus grew in wisdom and
stature, and in favor with God and men" (Luke 2:52).
De Infantia Salvatoris:
Per Thomas Aquinas (1225? – 1274) works “Summa Theologica” there is book called
“De Infantia Salvatoris” that claims that Jesus Christ “worked many miracles in His
childhood. *** Many Bible scholars disagree with this, since Scripture does not
tell us, I will leave this question up for the time it can be asked in Heaven ***
The following websites were referenced on March 16, 2007: