/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// // // /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// var title="TWELVE YEAR OLD JESUS AT THE Temple"; var title2="Lesson 6"; var max=20; Text=new Array(20); aposstr=new String; speechstr=new String; aposstr="'"; speechstr='"'; for (var x=0; x<=max; x++) { Text[x]=""; } Text[0]=' 1. The visit to God\'s Temple in Jerusalem was a great event to every Jewish family. While Jesus and Joseph worked together they must have talked many times about the trip they soon would take.' Text[1]=' 2. Jesus must have been excited now that He was twelve years old and could take part in the festival services in the Temple.' Text[2]=' 3. The day soon came when Joseph, Mary and Jesus with other families of Nazareth began the long trip to Jerusalem. No doubt they joined other groups of people from other towns and villages in Galilee. They were all going to the festival at the Temple.' Text[3]=' 4. Travelers to Jerusalem usually camped at night near the roadside. They unrolled their sleeping mats and slept under the beautiful stars.' Text[4]=' 5. After several days, the great crowd of people climbed up the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. From the hill-top, Jesus could see the beautiful Temple, shining in the sun.' Text[5]=' 6. As the Temple came into view, the people began to rejoice. They would often sing praise to God. "I was glad when they said unto me "Let us go into the house of the Lord."' Text[6]=' 7. They knew when they crossed the high white bridge they would have reached God\'s Temple. This made them very happy.' Text[7]=' 8. Jesus saw many people in the Temple court. They had traveled from near and faraway. They had all come to the great festival to worship God and to eat the Passover Meal.' Text[8]=' 9. Since they were worshipping under the Old Testament Law, musicians [Levites] played on instruments as they praised God. "Give thanks unto the Lord, For He is good, His mercy endures forever. Praise Him, all people."' Text[9]=' 10. All the people would answer: "Praise the Lord."' Text[10]=' 11. In the Court of the Women, Jesus could see the treasure-chests. He could watch people as they dropped their loveofferings into them.' Text[11]=' 12. After leaving the Temple the worshippers would gather by families at night to eat the Passover Meal. One of the children would stand and ask, "What is the meaning of this feast?" The father would then reply, "Tonight we thank God for delivering His people long ago from the slavery of Egypt."' Text[12]=' 13. After the meal the Jews would then go through the moonlit streets of Jerusalem to the Temple. The Temple was kept open especially for this occasion.' Text[13]=' 14. When the festival days were over, Mary and Joseph left to go home. Both thought that Jesus was with His friends in the crowd.' Text[14]=' 15. In the evening, Mary and Joseph could not find Jesus. They searched everywhere in the caravans for Him. No one had seen Him.' Text[15]=' 16. Mary and Joseph hurried back to Jerusalem. For three days they walked up and down the streets searching for Jesus. But they could not find Him.' Text[16]=' 17. At last, they went back to the Temple. There they found Jesus among the learned teachers. He was asking and answering questions.' Text[17]=' 18. In surprise, Mary looked at Jesus and asked Him why He had treated His parents so. They had traveled all the way back to the Temple anxiously searching for Him.' Text[18]=' 19. Jesus answered his mother tenderly. He reminded her that He must be in His Father\'s house and doing His Father\'s will.' Text[19]=' 20. So Jesus left the Temple with Mary and Joseph and went back home with them to Nazareth. He continued to obey His parents-"And Jesus grew in body and in mind, and in *favor with God and man." - [*grace]' // *** POSITIONING AND STYLES ********************************************* //**DO NOT EDIT THIS ***** //*********************** //************************