In today’s text, we get our only glimpse of Jesus’ childhood found in all of scripture. Little is known of Jesus childhood. The Lord in His wisdom only gave us what we need to know. And if this is the only story from Jesus childhood that God has given us, it must be of great importance. It reveals the mindset of Jesus to do the will of His heavenly Father from the very beginning…

And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So, when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them. Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:40–52, NKJV)

Interesting that the first recorded statement of Jesus was a claim to His divine Sonship. Jesus knew from the beginning Who He was and what His calling was. Later Jesus declared… I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” (John 10:10b–11, NKJV)

Do you know the abundant life of Jesus? Is He your “Good Shepherd”? Trust in Him today for forgiveness ofsins and abundant life.

Pastor Mike