Now it was the practice of his parents to go to Jerusalem every year for the Passover festival; and when he was twelve, they made the pilgrimage as usual. When the festival season was over and they started for home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem.
Jesus and the children
About six months before Jesus was born a relative of him was born, John, later calles John, the Baptist. About his childhood we know even less than about that of Jesus. This is all the information that we have:
“I tell you when your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby in my womb leapt for joy.“ (Luke 1, 44)
At the moment when he came up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice spoke from heaven: “Thou art my son, my beloved, on thee my favour rests.” (Matthew 3, 16 – 17 )
They brought children for him to touch; and the disciples scolded them for that. But when Jesus saw this he was indignant, and said to them, “Let the children come to me, do not try to stop them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.