When Jesus and His family were visiting Jerusalem, He went missing. After searching, His parents found him in the temple teaching! This story illustration will help kids learn about this event and that Jesus was once a child also, but He was always Lord.
Jesus in the Temple as a Boy
When Jesus was 12, He and His family went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. On the way back home, Mary and Joseph noticed Jesus was missing and returned to look for Him. They found Him in the temple complex talking with the teachers there. The teachers were amazed. These activities are about this event in Jesus' early life.
This Story Illustration shows the boy Jesus in the temple. It can be used with children in a homeschool setting, one-on-one, or with kids in a classroom setting like Sunday School.
While it surely was stressful for Mary and Joseph to have to search for Jesus, their experience of finding Him in the temple had to leave them awestruck. Let your kids unscramble words related to this account in Luke 2:41-52.
Let your children try to find all 16 differences between these pictures, both of which show Jesus as a 12-year-old boy talking with the teachers at the temple.
This maze will give your children an imaginary opportunity to help Mary and Joseph find Jesus, who, as a 12-year-old, was missing following the Passover festival.
The Jewish teachers at the temple were quite impressed with Jesus, the 12-year-old boy who, following the Passover festival, asked weighty questions and shared important insights. Jesus was in His Father’s house, doing His Father’s business. As your children work this jigsaw puzzle, observe that Jesus was special, even as a young boy. Why? Because He was and is God’s Son!
Your children will have a wonderful time coloring this picture of Jesus as a 12-year-old boy talking with the Jewish religious leaders at the temple.