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Jesus grows up, taking the first steps in His journey toward the cross.

BibleGateway: Luke 2:41-52

ESV Text: Luke 2:41-52

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 4:48 and ends at about 6:16

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     41 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 Jerusalem 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 mother 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. 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 them questions. 47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? 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? 50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. 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 heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.(KJV)

Hymn: WS 762:
This Is He

Hymn: TLH 84:
Christians, Awake

— Organ Audio

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1. Christians, awake, salute the happy morn 
Whereon the Savior of the world was born. 
Rise to adore the mystery of love 
Which hosts of angels chanted from above; 
With them the joyful tidings first begun 
Of God Incarnate and the Virgin’s Son. 

2. Then to the watchful shepherds it was told, 
Who heard the angelic herald’s voice, “Behold, 
I bring good tidings of a Savior’s birth 
To you and all the nations upon earth; 
This day hath God fulfilled His promised word; 
This day is born a Savior, Christ the Lord.” 

3. He spake; and straightway the celestial choir 
In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire; 
The praises of redeeming love they sang, 
And heaven’s whole orb with alleluias rang. 
God’s highest glory was their anthem still, 
Peace upon earth, and unto men good will. 

4. To Bethlehem straight th’ enlightened shepherds ran 
To see the wonder God had wrought for man 
And found, with Joseph and the blessed maid, 
Her Son, the Savior, in a manger laid; 
Then to their flocks, still praising God, return. 
And their glad hearts with holy rapture burn. 

5. Oh, may we keep and ponder in our mind 
God’s wondrous love in saving lost mankind! 
Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss, 
From His poor manger to His bitter cross, 
Tread in His steps, assisted by His grace, 
Till man’s first heavenly state again takes place. 

6.Then may we hope, th’ angelic hosts among, 
To sing, redeemed, a glad triumphal song. 
He that was born upon this joyful day 
Around us all His glory shall display. 
Saved by His love, incessant we shall sing 
Eternal praise to heaven’s almighty King.