Luke 2:41-52 – “Boy Jesus in the Temple”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan 15th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 2:41-52


  • A few pictures of the life of Christ
    • His early years
    • The fully man and fully God dynamic
    •  Submission to the authority in His life
    • God’s divine timetable

The trip to Jerusalem – vv. 41-42

  • Joseph and family
  • They were faithful to the things of God
  • Celebrating the Passover Exodus 12:1-28; Exodus 23:14-17; Leviticus 23:4-8
  • Passover in the ministry of Christ (here…conclusion at upper room)

Jesus stays behind – vv. 43-47

  • Big group (Caravan) would have traveled to Jerusalem
  • A possibility… men walking together.  12 yr old could have been with either mother or father.
  • Was in the temple (listening and learning)

Mary’s question and Jesus’ response – vv. 48-50

  • Why from both.
  • I must (be in my Father’s House)
  • Diving compulsion
    • Must preach – Luke 4:43
    • Must suffer, die, and raise – Luke 9:22; 17:25; 24:7-9
    • Must complete His ministry – Luke 13:33
    • Scripture must be fulfilled – Luke 22:37
  • My Father – (MY)
    • Unique title. Personal. His Deity
    • John 6:38; John 8:29 – Doing the will of His Father

Jesus’ obedience and maturity – vv. 51-52

  • He honored His Father – God the Father
  • He honored His father – Joseph the father
  • He was fully man (He was 12)
    • Hungry
    • Tired
    • Suffered pain
  • He was fully God
  • He needed to mature
  • From adolescence to adult
    • Perfect maturity
    • Never sinned
  • We can trust God’s timetable
    • 30 years later

Concluding Thoughts

We have been given a wonderful picture of the early life a Christ.

  • His faithfulness
  • His obedience
  • His sinlessness


Romans 8:1

Colossians 3:1-3

Galatians 3:25-29

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