Christ Was Obedient
And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject
unto them. . . . And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour
with God and man . Luke 2:51, 52
Notwithstanding the sacred mission of
Christ, His exalted relationship with God, of which He was fully aware, He was
not above performing the practical duties of life. He was the Creator of the
world, and yet He acknowledged His obligation to His earthly parents, and at
the call of duty, in compliance with the wishes of His parents, He returned
with them from Jerusalem after the Passover, and was subject unto them.
He submitted to restraints of parental
authority and acknowledged the obligations of a son, a brother, a friend, and a
citizen. He discharged His duties to His earthly parents with respectful
courtesy. He was the Majesty of heaven. He had been the great commander in
heaven. Angels loved to do His bidding. And now He was a willing servant, a
cheerful, obedient son.
Jesus was not turned aside by an
influence from the faithful service expected of a son. He did not aim to do
anything remarkable to distinguish Himself from other youth or to proclaim His
heavenly birth. Even His friends and relatives, in all the years that Christ's
life was passed among them, saw no special marks of His divinity. Christ was
sedate, self-denying, gentle, cheerful, kind, and ever obedient....
There is an important lesson for parents
and children to learn in the silence of the Scriptures in reference to the
childhood and youth of Christ. He was our example in all things. In the little
notice given of His childhood and youthful life is an example for parents as
well as children, that the more quiet and unnoticed the period of childhood and
youth is passed, and the more natural and free from artificial excitement, the
more safe will it be for the children and the more favorable for the formation
of a character of purity, natural simplicity, and true moral worth.
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