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Christ in the Temple



“Christ in the Temple,” or “Christ Among the Doctors,” by Hofmann, in the office next to the Pastor’s study, illustrates Jesus as a boy. Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they went to the festival as usual. When the festival was over, they started back home, but the boy Jesus stayed in Jerusalem. his parents did not know this; they thought he was in the group, so they traveled a whole day and started looking for him among their relatives and friends. They did not find him, so they went back to Jerusalem looking for him. On the third day they found him in the temple, sitting with the Jewish teachers,, listening to them and asking questions. All who hear him were amazed at his intelligent answers. His parents were astonished when they saw him, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you.” He answered them, “Why did you have to look for me? Didn’t you know that I had to be in my father’s house?” But they did not understand his answer. Luke 2:41-50

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