The Boy Jesus Teaching in the Temple



As I have mentioned before, my life was spared after a long, horrible experience in the intensive care unit of the hospital. It was really a miracle I survived. Because of this, I am showing my thanks to God by painting pictures from the life of Jesus Christ.

In Luke 2:42-52, it says Jesus and his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of the passover. When it was over, Jesus tarried in Jerusalem when his parents went back home. Mary and Joseph thought Jesus was coming back with the rest of the company. After a day, they asked their friends and relatives if they had seen him. They ended up going back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple “sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.” The people there were astonished “at his understanding and answers.” Keep in mind he was a twelve year old boy.

Mary and Joseph found him. Mary rebuked him, saying she and his father (meaning Joseph) “have sought thee sorrowing.”

“And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me?  Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” Jesus was speaking of his Father in Heaven, not Joseph.

I have painted this scene as I imagined it. I hope you like it.

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March 16, 2011

Sarah @ 7:11 am #

I think this is one of my favorite paintings you have done. I love the lighting, the folds of fabric, the faces, and the hand gestures. Beautiful.

Jennifer @ 10:17 am #

I think the fact that these paintings have so much meaning for you is very apparent in the quality of the paintings themselves. Beautiful, beautiful work!

Jared @ 12:03 pm #

Very nice!

Nicole @ 2:58 pm #

This turned out so beautifully. I love the expressions on the faces and the lighting.

jim @ 5:08 pm #

very nice Tom.Thanks for sharing

Dave @ 5:21 pm #

What an appropriate project. I’m glad that your horrible ordeal is providing new inspiration.

Angie @ 5:43 pm #

I absolutely love this picture. Great job.

LaDawn @ 5:44 pm #

I think this is my favorite painting. Truly, I think it is your best work. I look forward to many more.

Chuck @ 7:27 pm #

I really like your religious paintings. This painting captures very well the sacred occasion of the boy Jesus who at that point of time understood who he really was.

Margaret @ 8:33 pm #

The warmth of color signifies the spirit present at Jesus converses with the learned men in the temple. I think the expressions on their faces are done so well; the clothing looks so real with its folds and shading. Great job!

Christine @ 8:46 pm #

This is absolutely beautiful. I love it.

Donna @ 11:17 pm #

Sometimes bad things happen for a reason .

March 17, 2011

Susie @ 5:04 pm #

Your experiences seem to have heightened the emotion in your painting. This is wonderful, Tom!

March 18, 2011

Teri Williams @ 8:02 pm #

This painting has such a good message for all of us. Like the Savior, we too should be “about our Fathers business” and remember each day to whom we belong. Thank you Tom, for being about our Fathers business by ministering to people thru your work on canvas, each of us has a gift from above to glorify Him if we will answer the call. So glad you’re feeling better, the experience you had was trying but once again God proved Himself faithful. I look forward to being blessed by more of your work.

Your cousin Teri~
Sun City West, Arizona

March 27, 2011

Ashley @ 8:50 pm #

The colors are really beautiful. The light looks really pretty, along with the shadows on the wall. I love the unique inpressions on each of the faces, and the hand gestures in a way that you kind of know and understand what they are talking about. I love the painting Grandpa!


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