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The Unknown Years of Jesus'Life

The Unknown Years of Jesus'Life

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BY FREDERICK LYNCH

" And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth.
Matt, ii: 23.

A STUDY IN UNCONSCIOUS INFLUENCE
BY FREDERICK LYNCH

" And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth.
Matt, ii: 23.

A STUDY IN UNCONSCIOUS INFLUENCE

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THE UNKNOWN YEARS OF JESUS'LIFEBY FREDERICK LYNCH " And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth. Matt, ii: 23. A STUDY IN UNCONSCIOUS INFLUENCE THERE are a great many unique and strik-ing things connected with the biography of Jesus. One is this, that He who has made the deepest and most lasting impress upon human life and thought, He who has kindled its loftiest hopes and aspirations, should have accomplished His great work in less than three years. It would be interesting to study this. I imagine we should find two prime causes; one, a perfect and thorough preparation for the work, the other, the intensity with which the three years were lived. There is at least a hint here for us all. Another striking thing is this, that of the thirty years that precede these three years of
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public ministry we have practically no record. All that wc know of them we have to read back into them. Of course we can tell a great deal about them from the three years we know. 9 129 I30 The Enlargement of Life Manhood always throws light back on boy-hood. Thus, finding the man Jesus perfectly one with God during the years we knew Him, we know that during the thirty unknown years He was seeking God, and opening His life to Him in all possible ways; finding the man of perfect divinity of character, we know that the youth was spent pursuing all things that make for perfect manhood ; finding Jesus in His pub-lic work basing His teaching on the Scriptures, and finding Him filled with the zeal of the
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prophets, we know that in the unknown years He had so mastered the religious books of His nation that they were part of His very being; finding the Jesus of the Gospels with resource and power to meet all unexpected trials and do all new duties, we know that the Nazareth days were filled with meditation over the great tasks and problems of life. All these things we know as well as if they had been written by pen of Mark or Luke. And something else we know  just as positively, and that is that the life of those thirty years was exerting an unconscious, beautiful, abiding influence on all who came within its radiance. Those obscure years were years of ministry as well as of preparation. They preached silently the propounded Gospel of the public years. I am not sure that His unconscious influence even over His disciples Jesus' Unknown Years 131 was not as great as the conscious. They saw
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