During the month of December, we have had ample opportunity to think about the events leading up to the birth of Jesus. Today, we have sang carols celebrating the child in the manger, and we move beyond Christmas, not only on the calendar but in actions as we look at Jesus as a twelve-year-old. Over the past few weeks of Advent, we examined when and how Jesus was born. Our New Testament Lesson this morning provides an opportunity to place the Christmas story into meaning by looking at why Jesus was born.
This is our only glimpse of Jesus from early childhood to adulthood. Next week, we will read about the Wise Men visiting Jesus when he was living in a house, meaning that Jesus was around two or three years old. We have one biblical story from that time until adulthood, and it is this experience in the Temple at age twelve.