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The Life of Jesus.

The Life of Jesus.

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BY REV. J. CYNDDYLAN JONES,



"And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was
subject unto them : bat His mother kept all these sayings in her
heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour
with Grod and man."-— St. Luke ii. 51, 52.
BY REV. J. CYNDDYLAN JONES,



"And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was
subject unto them : bat His mother kept all these sayings in her
heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour
with Grod and man."-— St. Luke ii. 51, 52.

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THE LIFE OF JESUS.BY REV. J. CYDDYLA JOES,"And He went down with them, and came to azareth, and wassubject unto them : bat His mother kept all these sayings in herheart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favourwith Grod and man."-— St. Luke ii. 51, 52.Thb visit to the Temple is the only event recorded inthe life of Jesus from His early infancy till His appearingunto Israel in His official capacity as the Messiah. Ithas pleased God to draw the veil over the early careerof His Son in the world. Why it pleased Him, it istoo difficult for us positively to tell. One reasou,perhaps, may be this: that only developed humanity,only mature manhood, is adequate to reveal the Father.A God-infant, or a God-boy, could not be a meet reve-lation of the Highest — only a God-man could. Butthough we are not favoured with any incident in Hisinfancy till the age of twelve, yet we find the principlethat regulated and animated that period pointed out inverse 40 — " And the child grew, and waxed strong inspirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God wasADigitized by VjOOQIC2 THE LIFE OF JESUS.upon Him." The Holy Spirit took care to indicate theprinciple at the root of His life up to the age of twelve.And though nothing is recorded from His boyhood t6
 
His manhood — from twelve to thirty — except this onestory; yet the principle which inspired and hallowedthat period is laid down in verse $2 — ^"And Heincrreased in wisdom and stature, and in favour withGod and man." ow the principle ought to make upfor the lack of facts, it ought to compensate for theabsence of facts, for facts are only valuable as theyserve to disclose principles.But let us look a little more narrowly at the words Ihave read as a text. They appear to me to be a complete,concise summary of His early history. He is here pre-sented to us in domestic life, for He dwelt with Hisparents and was subject unto them. He is here pre-sented to us in social life, for He went down with them,and came to azareth — His home was in a town. Heis here presented to us in industrial life, for the text,taken in connection with other passages in the Gospelhistory, clearly implies that during the eighteen yearsHe spent at azareth, after His return from the presentfeast. He worked at the trade of His reputed fatherJoseph. He is finally presented to us in His temple orrdigiovs life, for we see Him in His Father's house,deeply absorbed in His Father's business.I. Jesus Christ in home life."And He went down with them, and came to azareth,and was subject unto them."I. We see Him settling down to the relationships of Digitized by VjOOQICTHE LIFE OF JESUS. 3.home. otwithstanding the glorious truth of His Divine
 
Sonship, which only lately shone on Him in all itssplendour, and the vivid interest He evidently felt in allthat pertained to His heavenly Father's house, yet Hewent down to azareth and dwelt in the humble homeof His earthly parents. He would not by His conductbreak up the home or in any way mar its happiness.To many the home does not present a sphere largeenough for their ambition; they break away from thedomestic circle, and enter upon a larger field, " and thefield is the world." Home means to them only a placeto eat and drink and sleep in. It is not the abode of the heart, the dwelling-place of the affections. ButJesus Christ was perfectly content in the home circle.He did not complain of its narrowness and confinementFor He did not judge life by its magnitude, but by theprinciple which animates it ; He did not judge life byits conspicuousness ; but by the spirit which inspires it.The tiny speck on the lady-bird's wing is as round acircle as that of the world. The sphere which a tearmakes is as mathematically perfect as that of yonder sun.It makes not the slightest difference in the real merit of a book whether it is printed in large or small type ; ineither case the meaning is precisely the same. Somepeople seriously object to the privacy of home — the typeis too small to please their fancy ; they must act theirpart on the public stage, in the corners of the streets,and in the synagogues — they dearly love a large type.But the Saviour spent thirty years in the privacy of home, and never once complained of its narrowness andobscurity. And surely if the God-man found roomDigitized by VjOOQIC4 THE LIFE OP JESUS.enough to exercise all Hig graces therein, it ought to

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