75. What does the Bible say about Jesus’ youth?

He loved His heavenly Father above all. He was obedient to His parents. He learned the trade of a carpenter. Inwardly and outwardly, He grew up to the pleasure of God and man. He explored the Scriptures with tireless zeal until, at the age of thirty, He began His public ministry.

The only account of His youth is the story of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the temple. (Luke 2:41–52)

  • Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business? (Luke 2:49)
  • Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men. (Luke 2:51-52)
  • Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary? (Mark 6:3)
  • When all the people were baptised, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptised; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22)