The missing years of Jesus


“Where was Jesus after he was 12 years old? He turns up at age 30, so 18 years of his life is missing out of the Bible. Can you answer this question?” -Kurlene


Dear Kurlene,

Matthew 13:1

“The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.”

The house was in Capernaum, where they lived, which is on the sea of
Galilee. Jesus lived at home in Capernaum for the 18 years. He was
commanded to be obedient to His parents when they found Him confounding
the Pharisees at 12 years old. Jesus lived with his mother Mary and his father
Joseph, working as a carpenter. The proof of this is the Pharisees’ statement
in Matthew 13: “Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary?
and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? “.

To understand it, you must read Matthew chapter 12 and 13 as one story to get the context correct. Jesus had already began His ministry, and was already attacking the Pharisees.



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