The New Testament includes four gospels. When two of them introduce Jesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God's saving act for humanity More, he is already an adult. The Gospels of Mark and John include no information about the birth of Jesus or his childhood. Our information on the infant and the boy Jesus comes from the Gospels of A tax collector who became one of Jesus' 12 disciples More and The "beloved physician" and companion of Paul More. These two gospel writers introduce us to the older generation of Jesus’ family first and then tell a few stories of his birth and infancy. In the Gospel of Luke alone, we have a story about Jesus as a boy.
First, let’s look at Matthew. In chapter one, we meet Joseph. Matthew tells us that Joseph is a A righteous person is one who is ethical and faithful to God's covenant. Righteousness in the Old Testament is an attitude of God; in the New Testament it is a gift of God through grace. In the New Testament righteousness is a relationship with God... More man and unwilling to humiliate his fiancée, Mary, when he learns that she is pregnant — and this before they have been intimate. An angel tells Joseph not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife, “for the child conceived in her is from the Holy is a term that originally meant set apart for the worship or service of God. While the term may refer to people, objects, time, or places, holiness in Judaism and Christianity primarily denotes the realm of the divine More Spirit” (Matt 1:20). The angel goes on to say that the son Mary will have should be named “Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (1:21). At this point, we know almost nothing about the baby or what his life will look like, but we do know that his beginnings are amazing and his name — “Jesus” is a derivative of “The successor of Moses, Joshua led the Israelites into Canaan More,” which means “he saves” — speaks his mission.
Mary and Joseph wed, and Jesus is born in Bethlehem. Sometime when he is a baby, another amazing thing happens. A foreign delegation comes to Jerusalem and asks where is “the one born King of the Jews?” (Matt 2:2). They want to pay this new king homage. King over Judea at the time of Jesus' birth. More enlists the Wisdom encompasses the qualities of experience, knowledge, and good judgment. The Old Testament book of Proverbs, which sometimes invokes a Woman as the personification of Wisdom, is a collection of aphorisms and moral teachings. Along with other biblical passages, it teaches, "The fear of the... More of the scribes, who read the Old Testament prophets and send these wise men to Bethlehem. Herod is the current king of the Jews and does not want rivals. He intends to use the travelers as informants who will return to him with news of where the child is, so that he can send soldiers to kill the baby. The wise men are warned in a dream not to return to Herod, and when Herod realizes he has been tricked, he orders all the children in Bethlehem under two years to be killed. Before this order is carried out, Joseph is warned in a dream to flee with the child and his mother, and the family escapes to Egypt, where they live for some months, or possibly years. After Herod dies and it is safe to leave Egypt, they settle in the town of Nazareth in Galilee, where Jesus grows up.
From Matthew’s account, we know that in his earliest years, Jesus, like Prophet who led Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land and received the law at Sinai More before him, was a baby under threat from a tyrant. We know also that the boy and his parents were refugees for a time.
We can infer one other thing about Jesus’ childhood from the Gospel of Matthew. At one point in Jesus’ ministry, he preaches in his hometown, and his neighbors take offense. They know him and his family, and yet Jesus is speaking and working with such authority that they wonder if he isn’t putting on airs. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power?” the neighbors want to know. “Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?” (Matt 13:54-56). From this text, and its parallel in Mark 6:3, we conclude that Jesus was probably raised in the family carpentry shop, learning the trade alongside his father.
From Luke’s account of Jesus’ infancy and childhood, we know that his parents were pious and not wealthy. Shortly after Jesus’ birth, his parents travel to Jerusalem and make an offering in the The Jerusalem temple, unlike the tabernacle, was a permanent structure, although (like the tabernacle) it was a place of worship and religious activity. On one occasion Jesus felt such activity was unacceptable and, as reported in all four Gospels, drove from the temple those engaged... More. Following the directive in Leviticus 12:8, they offer the more affordable offering of birds rather than a sheep (see Luke 2:24).
We also know that Jesus was a precocious child, eager to learn and discuss things with teachers in the temple. Luke tells us that Jesus’ family made the pilgrimage from Nazareth to Jerusalem each year for the Passover commemorates the deliverance of the Hebrew people from Egypt as described in the book of Exodus. It is celebrated with worship and a meal on the fourteenth day of the month called Nisan, which is the first month of the Jewish year. The time... More festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, he stayed behind in Jerusalem while his family began the trip home. After a day of traveling, his parents discovered that he was not along in the group of extended family, and they returned to Jerusalem and searched for him for days. Finally, they found the boy Jesus in the temple, “sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers” (Luke 2:46-47). When his mother told him how worried they had been, Jesus replied, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” Luke adds here, “But they did not understand what he said to them” (Luke 2:49-50).
The family’s lack of understanding tells us something more about Jesus’ childhood, namely that it was probably pretty much what we would expect of anyone’s childhood. The gospels do not report that the child Jesus did anything miraculous, or that his family treated him differently because of the Dreams often have potency and predictive power in the Bible, for they were seen as messages from God. In the Old Testament Joseph dreamed about the seven fat and lean years. In the New Testament Joseph dreamed about escaping to Egypt with Mary and Jesus. More, visits and visions that had been part of their experience as he was conceived and born. In fact, they seem to have treated him as a regular child, no more (or less) of a miracle than any of our children are. While Jesus’ birth and his ministry are amazing, the gospel writers regard his childhood as unremarkable. Luke sums it up like this: “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and favor with God and with people” (Luke 2:52).