Luke 2:39-40 -When they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth. 40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom. And the grace of God was upon Him.
Luke tells us that Jesus earthly parents, Joseph and Mary, who were God fearing parents, were also faithful to God and His commands in performed everything according to the Law of the Lord concerning Jesus and themselves.
I am sure there were times when it appeared as though they were being inconvenient, especially with a new born baby, but they obeyed God's commands with a willing and obedient heart.
Sometimes the things that God requires us to do may not always seem convenient nor comfortable, but that is how God works. Our faith have to be stretched and unexpected circumstances are also some of the ways that God allows to cause our faith in Him to grow.
No, obedience to Christ is not always easy or smooth sailing, but we are commanded in scripture to do just that, "OBEY".
Having returned to their hometown of Nazareth, Jesus grew spiritually. . Luke describes Jesus as growing in such a way that He was strong in the Spirit and full of wisdom.
Jesus daily grew in his relationship with His Heavenly Father.
Jesus was then and is 100% God and was 100% human. He took on all the experiences in life that we as humans experience, including pain and suffering.
Hebrews 4:15-For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was in every sense tempted like we are, yet without sin.
Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. He came to save and redeem us from the penalty of sin and death by dying on an old ruggard cross on a hill called “Calvary”. Yes, just for me!!!
It is because of God's love that was shown in Bethlehem and at Calvary that we have a reason to celebrate "CHRIST" this Christmas.
This Christmas season, please remember that "JESUS" is indeed the reason for this and every season!
God put on flesh and dwelt among us, died for us and arose on the 3rd day and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father interceding on our behalf.
Mary and Joseph were used by God in a great and magnificent way. God used them to raise His Son, Jesus Christ and He grew in Spirit and in Wisdom.
As you and I daily put forth effort to do the Lord's will in our life by obeying His commands and His Written Word in His Bible, God will use us greatly as well.
God bless you all and I love you.