Stories from the Life of Christ Told to the Children - Janet Kelman

Jesus Amongst the Doctors

Now Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when Jesus was twelve years old they went up to Jerusalem, after the custom of the feast. And as they returned the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem.

And Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey. And they sought him among their kinsfolk, and when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem seeking him.

And it came to pass that after three days they found him in the temple sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him they were amazed, and his mother said unto him, "Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing."

And he said unto them, "How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?"

And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them. But his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.



After those days the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching in the wilderness and saying, "Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." And the same John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a leathern girdle about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey. And there went out unto him all the land of Judea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan.

And the people asked him, "What shall we do?" He saith unto them, "He that hath. two coats, let him give to him that hath none, and he that hath meat let him do likewise."

And the soldiers asked him, saying, "And what shall we do?" And he said unto them, Do violence to no man; and be content with your wages."

And all men asked in their hearts of John whether he were the Christ or not. And John said unto them all, "I indeed baptize you with water; but there standeth one among you whom ye know not, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

Then cometh Jesus unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbade him, saying, "I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?"

And Jesus answering said unto him, "Suffer it to be so now."

Then he suffered him.

And Jesus when he was baptized went up straightway out of the water; and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him; and lo a voice from heaven, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."