THE LOST BOY FOUND IN THE CHURCH

 

Luke 2:40-52

40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with

wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. 41 Now his parents

went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42 And

when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the

custom of the feast. 43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as

they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and

Joseph and his mother knew not [of it]. 44 But they, supposing

him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they

sought him among [their] kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45 And when

they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking

him. 46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him

in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing

them, and asking them questions. 47 And all that heard him were

astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And when they saw

him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast

thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee

sorrowing. 49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me?

wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? 50 And

they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. 51 And

he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto

them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52 And

Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and

man.


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