Jesus returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them, And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
From the beginning of God’s revelation to man fallen humanity, the cursed creation and the angelic hosts anticipated the coming of the promised Seed of the woman. The Law and Prophets together with biblical history and poetry all pointed to Christ, The scarlet thread of the Redeemer’s blood can be traced throughout these holy pages.
Multiple instances of the satanic plan to exterminate the Seed of the Messiah are seen crouching on every page, as the satanic serpent caused havoc in the tents of Israel. Eventually the evil Herod, in his passionate fury was prompted, by satanic forces, to massacre all the boys in Bethlehem, in his attempt to be rid of the Holy One of God.
But God is not mocked by man nor angel and the holy Child was born and for 12 years He grew and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was on Him. And so at the tender age of twelve the Son of God and Son of Man crossed a boundary from childhood to youth – and we receive a tiny, brief glimpse of this perfect person.
Christ lived in the dispensation of Israel and like all men who attained their majority was to travel to the Holy City of Jerusalem for the three most important feasts of the year. He was to travel to the House of the Lord - the reconstructed Temple of God, to meet His heavenly Father and take up the baton of responsibility that would last the rest of His life – He was God’s Passover Lamb – the atoning Sacrifice for the sin of the world.
What mysteries must have passed from Father to Son on that holy, consecrated visit. What a weight of responsibility fell on those young shoulders – the Holy One of God. For the rest of His life He undertook to fulfil every letter of the Law of Moses so that in the body prepared by His Father, He would live and move and have in being in God.
He has set aside the glory He had with the Father before the world was created and lived His entire life in humble obedience to the Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Every Passover Lamb since their escape from Egypt was a death that pointed to Christ. Every sin offering prefigured Calvary’s cross and every morning and evening sacrifice pictured His entire life as a freewill gift of love – a sweet savour – offered daily to God.
His unusual wisdom and godly understanding was evident to the elders of Israel. And for three days, though lost to His parents, He astonished all Who heard Him speak. No surprise, for He was that Light that came into the world – the Light that gives light to every man born into the world – a world which He Himself had created.
And so at the tender age of twelve the Son of God and Son of Man crossed a boundary from childhood to youth – and we receive a tiny, brief glimpse of this perfect person. But all too soon this peep behind the scenes of the unfolding plan of God for His Son is hidden away from the curious glances of a watching world – and doctors of the Law.
And as He returned home with His bewildered parents this Holy One of God, slips from our sight for many a long year, as He learned His trade at the carpenter’s lathe. And Jesus went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And His mother treasured up all these things in her heart – and pondered them. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and with man.
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