Finding the child who wants to learn

A young boy, who already knew much but apparently wanted to learn more, went with his parents to Jerusalem in observance of a religious festival. The incident is recorded in the Gospel of Luke this way: "Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem...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."

Jesus, always prompted by the Christ, was drawn irresistibly to those in his culture who could address his questions. He listened to them and asked them questions. He wanted to learn.

Most Christians thrill to the next observation in this account: "And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers." Luke 2:41-43, 46, 47; But the fact that he knew much, that he was filled with great spiritual truths, didn't prevent him from hearing these educated men or from asking questions of them. The same Christ that spoke to him directly through inner revelation also urged him to seek learning of others, to ask the right questions.

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