Boy Jesus in the Temple

In Luke 2, we read a story about Jesus as a boy, after He disappeared from under His parents’ watchful eyes, while visiting Jerusalem. While the Bible doesn’t tell us much about Jesus’ childhood, we do know that when He was 12, He and His family went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. Unfortunately, at some point during the trip, Joseph and Mary lost Jesus. They were part of a big caravan of people, and probably thought He was with someone of their party, so they traveled homewards for an entire day before realizing Jesus had been left behind. In a panic, they hurried back. To their surprise, they found Jesus in the temple courts, among the teachers, listening and asking questions.

Mary said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? We have been searching for you!” 

To which Jesus replied, innocently, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 

Even at the age of 12, Jesus showed He was becoming aware of His identity as the Messiah. He could talk intelligently with the teachers in the temple and felt at peace in His “Father’s house.” These Boy Jesus in the Temple Bible activities can help kids understand that, like Jesus, they also must take the time to grow in their understanding of God and spirituality.

Match Game for Where Was Jesus

We don’t know much about Jesus’ childhood. We do know that when Jesus was 12, He and His family went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. On the way home, Mary and Joseph noticed Jesus was missing and returned to look for Him. They found Jesus in the temple complex talking with the teachers there.…

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Where Was Jesus Crossword Puzzle

This Where Was Jesus Crossword Puzzle will help kids understand that, like Jesus, they also must take the time to grow in their understanding of God and spirituality. Click on the Get Activity button below to access the activity. Crossword puzzles serve to improve children’s reading and spelling skills, among other memory-related abilities. You can…

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Where Was Jesus? Word Search

The Bible doesn’t tell us much about Jesus’ childhood. We do know that when Jesus was 12, He and His family went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. On the way home, Mary and Joseph noticed Jesus was missing from the group of people with whom they were traveling. They immediately returned to the city…

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Where Was Jesus? Parents Connect Page

Every lesson from God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers includes a Parents Connect page to help parents or guardians reinforce the lesson at home during the week following the lesson. This is the Where Was Jesus? Parents Connect Page (NT01L3PC). Click on the Get Activity button below to view and/or download the lesson PDF.

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Where Was Jesus? Teaching Picture

Every lesson from God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers includes a full-color teaching picture for use in teaching the lesson. This is the teaching picture for Where Was Jesus? (NT01L3TP). Click on the Get Activity button below to view and/or download the lesson PDF.

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Where Was Jesus? Hour B Lesson Plan

Every lesson from God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers includes two lesson plans (Hour A and Hour B). This is the Hour B lesson plan for Where Was Jesus? (NT01L3HB). It includes the Hour B lesson plan and the needed reproducibles for that plan. Click on the Get Activity button below to view and/or download the…

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Where Was Jesus? Hour A Lesson Plan

Every lesson from God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers includes two lesson plans (Hour A and Hour B). This is the Hour A lesson plan for Where Was Jesus? (NT01L3HA). It includes the Hour A lesson plan and the needed reproducibles for that plan. Click on the Get Activity button below to view and/or download the…

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Boy Jesus in the Temple Story Illustration

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.

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Where Was Jesus Story Illustration

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.

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