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" Homily of Justification."

VER. 39—52.] ST. LUKE. 173

Chap. ii. ver. 39—52.


39. And when tliey liad perfonned all things according to the
law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Na-

40. And the cliild grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with
wisdom : and the grace of God was upon him.

The human nature, even in the blessed Jesus, could do
nothing witliout the grace of God. The same grace can,
and must be, all in all in us. Do we fall down upon our
knees for it, day by day ?

4 1 . Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast
of the passover.

42. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jeru-
salem after the custom of the feast.

43. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the
child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem ; and Joseph and his mo-
ther knew not of it.

44. But they, supposing him to have been in the company,
went a day's journey ; and they sought him among their kinsfolk
and acquaintance.

45. And when they found him not, they turned back again to
Jerusalem, seeking him.

The parents of Jesus seem not to have been prepared to
admit the divine character which began so early to show
itself in Jesus. Alas ! how slow we are to learn lessons of
spiritual instruction ! — Edit.

46. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him
in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing
them, and asking theui questions.

Wlio would not have wished to have been present at that

174 ST. LUKE. [chap. II.

time.^ Who would not liave been interested in the ques-
tions he put to the doctors, and the answers he returned
to the questions which those learned persons put to him !
Alas ! this however would be but a vain, empty wish, if we
do not hear him now speaking to us, in his word, where all
is told us that is needful for our salvation.

47. And all that heard him were astonished at his understand-
ing and answers.

48. And when they saw him, they were amazed : and his mo-
ther said mitohim, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us P behold,
thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

49. And he said unto them. How is it that ye sought me ? wist
ye not that I must be about my Father's business ?

His parents seem not to have known this : and, proba-
bly, this was the first hint which he gave them of his great
business in the world.

50. And they understood not the saying which he spake unto

It appears strange to us, that they knew no more of
Christ, and his office, than it seems they did. But the
meanest Christians now may know more of him than his
parents could then, without an immediate revelation,
which it does not appear they had.

51. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and
was subject unto them : but his mother kept all these sayings in her

The subjection of Christ furnishes an example of obe-
dience to parents. Christ, who knew himself to be the Son
of God, did not refuse to be subject to Joseph and Mary :
she indeed marked these circumstances, and compared them
with those things which the angel told her before Jesus was

52. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour
with God and man.

So may we increase in wisdom and favour witli God, by


the same Spirit which dwelt in hiin. May the Lord grant
that we may be always growin

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