The Jews worshiped God at the Temple building in Jerusalem. It was the custom for Jewish families to go to Jerusalem every year to celebrate the Passover festival.
Our Bible verses today tell us about the time when Jesus was 12 years old. He went with his parents to the Temple in Jerusalem. Jesus’ family made the trip from Nazareth and probably traveled in a large group of people. After the Passover was finished, Jesus’ parents traveled one day before they noticed that Jesus was not with them. So they went back to Jerusalem to search for Jesus.
Joseph and Mary found Jesus sitting in the Temple with the religious teachers. When Joseph and Mary asked Jesus why He was still in the temple, Jesus answered, “You should have known that I must be where my Father’s work is” (verse 49b).
The most important thing to Jesus was serving God. Love and serve God today.