The Boy Jesus
Sermon shared by Rev. Eugene Turner
Intro. This was not just another child of the Bible. He was Mary’s baby, but He was God’s Son. We use the term God in the flesh. The writer said, after they had performed all things according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Nazareth (a city in Galilee). Luke do not tell of The family’s flight to Egypt from Bethlehem as recorded by Matthew. But he does not denied it, and his words do not affirm that they went immediately to Nazareth. When they fulfilled all things according to the law; that tells us that they were a religious family. Living according to God’s law: training thier child in the way the Lord wanted Him to go. The scriptures say, "When he is old, it wil not depart from him."
At eight days old, they took him to Jerusalem. They named Him Jesus as the angels had instructed before He was conceived in the womb. They had to attend several feasts:
Festivals at Jerusalem (unleavened bread)
Passover: Memorial meal, imitation of the last meal eaten before their return from Egypt. (Observed as a Sabbath)
Pentecost: Symbolized the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai. A day of reconsecration.
The Feast of the Tabernacles: (Booths) In memory of the period of the people wondering in the wilderness. Rejoicing for the blessings of the previous year.
The Day of Atonement: The High priest would go behind the veil of the temple and sprinkle blood on the mercy seat (sin offering). He would there pray for sins of the people. There are several others which the Jews, the nonbelieving Jews are still holding.
Then the writer tells us that as the child grew in age and stature; he was also strong in spirit and wisdom and that God favored Him because He was please with Him.
He showed extra-ordinary understanding and was wise enough to flee or stay from everything that was sinful or evil. Can’t you see this young child in your community? This child, doing everything right, smart in school, good character, neat and well mannered, went to church....no wonder his brothers and sisters didn’t like Him.
It is remarkable, that this is all which is recorded of the infancy of Jesus and a short account of His going to Jerusalem at the age of twelve. Now, the visit to Jerusalem at the age of twelve was not an ordinary visit like the others. No no, this was special for Jesus. It seems that the intention of Jesus was to give an account of His public ministry and His private life. They say little of him regarding His first years. But what they do say, however; corresponds entirely with what we might expect of Him. He was wise,_pure, and He_pleased God. He was strong in the spirit and knowledge of the law. He set a lovely example for all children. He was subject to His parents. He increaased in favor with both: God and man. At the age of twelve, all male among the Hebrews would go through a ceremony that would make them "sons of the Law." It was a type of confirmation. When he was