At believe that at twelve years old, Jesus

At a young age of twelve, Jesus was found in God’s temple debating scripture with teachers. The teachers were “amazed at his understanding and his answers” (Luke 2:47). I believe that at twelve years old, Jesus was faithful to God and the Jewish religion. If He was able to astound teachers who had dedicated their life to Scripture with His own answers to questions, He must have been devoted to his faith. The Christian faith teaches us that Jesus was “one and the same with” God and how Jesus was 100% human and 100% divine. Jesus seems to know everything about the Jewish faith, yet Luke writes that He “grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). However, if Jesus was truly “one with” God, would He not already know everything? He would not grow in wisdom. I think that Jesus believed that His firm devotion to God allowed him to clearly understand scripture, but He did not know that He was the Messiah that everyone had been waiting for. When I was twelve, my faith and relationship with God was weak. I relied more on what I could see with my own eyes instead of the invisible reality of God’s love for all of us. The most important things in my life were my family and friends, instead of God and His promises. One of my favorite concepts in middle school was the idea of the Big Bang and evolution. After years of going to church every Sunday with my family and hearing about the creation story, I still wondered how there was someone higher who could have created humans and breathed life into them. I prioritized science and evidence over God and His power and love. When we were learning about evolution in seventh grade, I found it very interesting how humans could have descended from apes, and it separated me further from my faith and belief in God creating us. Yet, Jesus at twelve was so faithful to God and scripture that his parents found Him “sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions” (Luke 2:46). Jesus Himself never doubted God’s existence and was able to ask the teachers questions about faith. Jesus was a teacher, even at the age of twelve. I think that the fact that Jesus was asking the teachers questions is a key factor in the depiction of God. God is not one to mitigate our faith for us, He does not just hand us the answers. He allows us to explore our faith, and as we go through these trials, we have to find our own answers. His role is to guide us in faith as we search for the truth. As a freshman at Mitty now, I have immersed myself in my faith and become closer to God. I am still interested in the Big Bang and evolution, yet I realize now that it does not matter how we were created. What matters is why. We were created because God loved us and He wanted us to know Him. Jesus at twelve understood scripture and was close with God. He inspires me to ignore the need for scientific evidence and look at the bigger picture: God sent his son to help and aid people like me who struggled with our faith and bring us into his kingdom.