Anyone who loves Jesus must wonder about what His life was like–His day-to-day life– with Mary and Joseph, with his friends, when he was a young man, a young adult. What was he doing all those years?
The Bible doesn’t say much about His years between 12 and 30. But we know that He was living in a little mountain village called Nazareth. We learn that from Nathanael‘s question, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46). Jesus lived in a place where His character would be tested that He might be a model to us in childhood, youth, and manhood (John 13:15).
The Bible also states briefly His early life during those years: “The child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him.” Jesus “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). He lived in a laborer’s home, where he learned a trade, and was helping Joseph in his carpenter’s shop. He also had a rich spiritual connection with God in which he gradually became aware of who He was and what His true mission on this world was to be.
During those years, Jesus did not attend the synagogue schools. He was home-schooled by His mother. The silence of the Scriptures concerning the years between 12 and 30, demonstrates a vital lesson. The more quiet and simple the life of young adult, the more in harmony with nature, the more favorable is it to the physical and mental energy and to spiritual strength.
Jesus is our example. There are many who focus their studies on the period of His public ministry, while they pass unnoticed the teaching of His early years. But it is in His home life where He was formed for all youth. The Savior patronized to poverty, that He might teach us how to faithfully be humbled to walk with God.
His laboring at the carpenter’s bench was as much a ministry as when working miracles for the multitude. And every youth who follows Christ’s example of obedience and faithfulness in His humble home may claim those words spoken of Him by the Father through the Holy Spirit, “Behold My Servant, whom I uphold; Mine Elect, in whom My soul delighteth” (Isa. 42:1).
In His service,
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