The Lord Jesus Christ - youth to early manhood

At the age of twelve

    • Luke 2:41-52 alone breaks the silence concerning our Lord's youth
    • here we see His inmost mind as He approached adolescence
    • at 12 Jesus would have become a 'son of the law'
    • shortly afterwards He probably made His first journey to Jerusalem
    • an unforgettable experience! ( journey - pilgrims - city - Temple!)
    • Joseph & Mary were distressed to find He was not in the returning company
    • they at last found Him among the discussing rabbis
    • Mary gently but firmly reproached Him' for His behaviour.
    • our Lord's reply contains His first recorded words. Lk 2:49.
    • they were not understood, but Mary treasured them up, & told them later
    • He had more reason to be surprised at their search than they at His absence

He tacitly disowned any human relationship with Joseph

    • and revealed His unique relationship with God - "my 'Father" is an expression without parallel He was under spiritual compulsion to remain in the Temple
    • It was the natural place for Him to be, it was His true home
    • His identity was also revealed by His remarkable questions and answers.
    • the curtain falls On His boyhood as He returns to Nazareth. Lk 2:51.
    • there He continued as an exemplary and dutiful son
    • He advanced intellectually, spiritually, physically, socially. Lk 2:51.
    • the last expression seems to suggest an attractiveness in His personality.

From twelve to thirty.

    • About His Father's business?
    • there follow 18 years of hidden discipline, of which only one detail is told us.
    • He continued as in 2:52, and to be "tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin" Heb 4:15.
    • the solitary detail is that during this time He was a carpenter I ( Mk 6:3).
    • the Lord of glory chose this occupation !
    • He spent six times as long at the carpenter's bench as in public ministry
    • He delighted to do His Father's will (Ps 40:8), and this involved being "made like unto His brethren" Heb 2:17
    • Joseph seems to have died, and Jesus supported the Nazar'eth home and family. This says a great deal about domestic responsibility (1 Tim 5:8)
    • He thus put a dignity upon manual work which has not been put on any other form of work
    • it was not beneath Him. He has given it nobility, not inferiority.
    • and shown there is no necessary connection between manual work and poor intelligence and low spirituality
    • He has known all the temptations of working men - without sin!
    • He has shown that true spirituality is not isolationism
    • He has demonstrated that work which does not hit the headlines can still be done to the glory of God.
    • He has proved that there are means of education which no institution or library can provide.
    • He has also shown that God's preparation for our future work is our present work.
    • His carpentry would have been perfect ! Faithful in little, He became faithful in much. True to God in His hidden life, He was entrusted with His public ministry.
    • From the carpenter's shop He derived many of the illustrations He was to use in His later teaching
    • It was also the school where were developed such personal graces as patience, persistence, thoroughness etc...
    • He also developed physical strength for the unrivalled demands and unremitting strain of His public ministry.

    And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of' God " John 1:34.