Jesus in Nazareth.

Joseph, Mary and Jesus were living in Egypt. God told Joseph to stay there until He told him to return. Joseph was a skilled carpenter and they had the gifts given to them by the wise men. An angel appeared in a dream to Joseph. He told Joseph Herod was dead and to return to Israel. Joseph and Mary and Jesus came back. Herod’s son was ruling in Jerusalem. They decided to go back to Nazareth, to fulfill a scripture that says that Jesus would be called a Nazarene. When Jesus was bar mitzvah, he was old enough to go to the feast in Jerusalem. It was the feast of Passover. When it was over, Mary and Joseph gathered with the caravan to go home. They thought Jesus was with the boys playing. The caravan left and journeyed a day’s distance. They looked for Jesus and couldn’t find Him. If you were charged with the most important mission in the world by God Himself and lost Jesus, what would you do? They returned to Jerusalem and looked for Jesus for 3 days. They found Him in the temple talking to the doctors of the law, asking questions. They walked up to Jesus and Mary asked Him, why have you done this to us? Jesus said, don’t you know I must be about my Father’s work. Jesus was missing for 3 days at the feast of Passover. He returned home with Mary and Joseph and grew in grace and stature, in favor with God and man.

Crain Blanchard.

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