Joseph and Mary raised Jesus according to the faith. Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day, named as the angel had said, presented to the Lord with a sacrifice, taken into the arms of a devout old Jewish man, and talked about by an elderly prophetess (see Luke 2:21-38).
The account goes on to tell us: “When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him” (Luke 2:39-40 NIV).
And we can add to all that the fact that every year Jesus’ parents “went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover” (Luke 2:41). Included in these pilgrimages was the year, when Jesus was twelve, that his parents lost track of Him, only to find Him sitting in the temple courts among the teachers, asking them questions.
- How do you think the faith of Joseph and Mary affected Jesus?
- How did God use these experiences in Jesus’ life to form Him?
- How did God use these experiences in Jesus’ life to teach us?
- In what ways did your religious upbringing form you?