The Bible gives us only one story about Jesus’ childhood and Luke is
the writer who tells it. The story takes place when Jesus was 12 years old and transitioning into adolescence. In some ways the story points out that Jesus was a typical teenager – he was expressing his independence from his parents, Joseph and Mary. But, in another way the story reveals more about Jesus. It tells us that even when Jesus was an emerging teenager he had sense about his mission in life and relationship with God. As 12-year-old boy Jesus knew who he was and why he came. This story tells us more than what Jesus was like as a teenager. It tells us children and teenagers can have a deep sense of purpose in life even at a young age.