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Jesus in Subjection

Jesus in Subjection

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BY GEORGE HODGES

"And was subject unto them." — St. Luke ii. 51.
BY GEORGE HODGES

"And was subject unto them." — St. Luke ii. 51.

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JESUS IN SUBJECTION BY GEORGE HODGES "And was subject unto them." — St. Luke ii. 51. The story stops there, and does not begin again until eighteen years after. Jesus is left in [N'azareth, a lad of twelve ; when He next appears, it is in the maturity of manhood. We are told, indeed, that his mother kept his sayings and pondered them in her heart ; He was tenderly, wisely and reverently cared for : we know that. We are told also that He " increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man " ; thus He responded to this gentle ministration, growing up in the only atmosphere in which human beings can grow aright, the atmosphere of domestic love. He went to school and learned his lessons. He did his daily tasks. He became taller and stronger, year by year. People liked Him ; He had the approbation of the neighborhood. And He had the favor of God. Thus passed his life for eighteen years. Once, it is true. He made a journey into the great world and
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met with a remarkable experience, but He went back the next day with Mary and Joseph to Nazareth and was subject unto them. Here 84 JESUS IN SUBJECTION. 85 the first chapter ends, and there is no second chapter, nor third; the next chapter is the fourth or fifth, after blank pages. The sky blazes at his birth ; the angels sing anthems of jubilation, announcing that He has come to save the world; the stars in their courses declare his glory, and mysterious great persons come from the remote East saying that they would behold the King. When He is presented in the temple, the saints praise God for the sight of Him. By and by, when He goes again, the wise and venerable are aston-ished at his understanding and answers. Then what happens ? What is the next event in this wonderful life? Back He goes to the
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little narrow country town of his childhood, to the home of his simple parents, to a round of small economies, to a carpenter's shop ; and stays there. What an anti-climax ! We know it all so familiarly that we are accustomed to take it easily for granted, without thinking much about it ;, we need to look attentively at it if we would see it as it is. This great beginning, this celestial preparation, this prologue sung by choirs from heaven, — to what does it lead? To a carpenter's bench in the back street of a country town ; to nothing at all. Mary and Joseph look at Him as He works and plays, 86 THE BATTLES OF PEACE. faithful, obedient, gentle, capable, a good son and brother, but in no way wonderful, going day by day between the breakfast-table and the shop, and the series of marvels with which this life began must seem to have been only the incidents of a dream. They could not un-
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