DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I read an article once in one of those supermarket tabloids, claiming that when Jesus was a child he was taken to someplace like Tibet, and that’s where he picked up all his wisdom. It sounded kind of far-fetched to me, but could this be true? — J.F.
DEAR J.F.: No, there is no truth is this or in any other legend that supposedly tells about Jesus’ childhood. Such stories are only the product of someone’s vivid imagination, and they have no basis in historical fact.
Only the Bible gives us reliable information about Jesus’ childhood years. Although it doesn’t give us many details, it does tell us that his parents had to flee to Egypt to avoid King Herod’s attempts to kill the young child. They settled a few years later in the little town of Nazareth, where he became a carpenter working with Joseph, who most people assumed was his father (Matthew 2:13-23).
The Bible also records that at the age of 12 Jesus became separated from his family while in Jerusalem and was later found discussing God’s word with the scholars and theologians there (Luke 2:41-50). Beyond this, it says only that “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52).
Never forget: Although Jesus was born and grew up like any other child, he was more than just another human being. He also was the divine son of God, sent from heaven to save us from our sins. Have you put your faith and trust in him for your salvation? If not, I pray you will do so today, because “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
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