After His birth, you don’t hear much about Jesus until he is 12 and travels to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover and gets lost (or so His parents thought).
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them. Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:49-52
I wish there were more stories in the Bible about Jesus when He was a little boy. I have so many questions. After Jesus broke a dish or drew on the walls, did Mary always remember He was the Son of God & handle the moment with patience and grace? Did she ever forget He was God’s son and raise her voice in frustration? Or was Jesus, even as a child, God’s perfect son and never ran into a moment He required discipline?
I wonder why God left out the stories of Jesus’ childhood. I would love to know what kind of parents Mary and Joseph were. Certainly they would be the greatest of role models when it came to parenting. Would their adventures in parenting put us all to shame or encourage us to strive to be the best parents we can to our children. Even if our children are not the son or daughter of God – we are all His children.
Because these stories were left, out we can only speculate about Jesus’ life as a toddler and the parenting strategies that Mary and Joseph used. But, we can look to the Bible for examples of what to teach our children. As parents, teachers, or mentors should take the job seriously and strive to model Godly lives to the children around us so that they grow in wisdom and stature as Jesus did.
It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 2 John 1:4
See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the LORD my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. . . Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:5, 9