What was Jesus like as a child?

Luke 2:40 – And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

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It may not seem like much information, but Luke 2:40 provides some indication of Jesus as a boy: “And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.” Luke 2:52 adds, “Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” 

The Lord Jesus grew physically from boyhood through adolescence to manhood. He grew spiritually, studying the Scriptures, worshipping, and praying. He grew socially in favor; people respected him enough to call him a rabbi, even in his hometown. 

It would seem that Jesus likely did not receive a formal education as a traditional rabbi, as a teacher. But in Nazareth there would have been a synagogue where perhaps dozens of people at a time would get together for prayers and readings. These were very simple, rural folk, many were likely illiterate. Jesus was literate, so He received some education somehow. All evidence suggests that Mary and Joseph did do a great job raising Jesus. They taught Him, they loved Him, they served Him, they protected Him, and they got Him a great education. 

Read Luke 2 to learn more about Jesus as a child. 

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