Jesus was a Boy Once

There is only one story of Jesus as a boy in the New Testament  (Luke 2)  It is hard to imagine a sinless little boy…but of Jesus, we read,   “And the child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God as upon Him.” When he was 12, he accompanied Mary and Joseph to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast.  Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem  when everyone else returned.  Mary and Joseph discovered his absence a day later and rushed back to Jerusalem to find Him. After three days of frantically searching, they finally found Him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. His answer to an anxious mother is well known, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Jesus went back to Nazareth with them and He “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”   The project is designed to have the kids consider what strengthens their spirit and what weakens it .  I hope you go over the definition of “spirit” in your lesson…it might be a new concept for younger children.  Two brass brads needed for each project and blank spaces for kids to write-in their ideas.

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