(Via this post at JWR.)
Did Young Jesus Have Any Memory of His Pre-Human Existence?
"Evidently", the Writing Department [celebrated WT scholars] cannot decide. . .
In this week's (2010-11-17) Book Study the following paragraph was studied in the Come Be My Follower book:
Think again of the incident when young Jesus spoke up at the temple in Jerusalem. Recall his words to his anxious parents: “Why did you have to go looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in the house of my Father?” (Luke 2:49) As a young boy, Jesus evidently did not yet have any memory of his prehuman existence. Still, his love for his Father, Jehovah, was intense. He knew that such love naturally found its expression in worship. So there was no place on earth as appealing to Jesus as his Father’s house of pure worship. He longed to be there and hated to leave. Moreover, he was no passive spectator. He was eager to learn about Jehovah and to express what he knew. Such feelings did not begin when he was 12 years old, nor did they end at that age.
(My Follower: Page 133, Chapter 13 paragraph 12)
In the Watchower of August 15, 2010 that was studied 2010-10-03 the following was discussed:
Early in Jesus’ life, Mary apparently disclosed to Jesus certain facts about his birth. Thus, on one occasion when Mary and Jesus’ adoptive father, Joseph, found Jesus in God’s temple, the young child asked: “Did you not now that I must be in the house of my Father?” (Luke 2:49) Evidently from an early age, Jesus knew that he was God’s son. Magnifying God’s righteousness was therefore of great importance to him.
(WT-ST 2010-08-15, page 9)