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  Faithful and Obedient
Jesus cheerfully submitted to His parents wishes."My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother." Proverbs 1:8.

"And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them." Luke 2:51. Jesus claimed His sonship to the Eternal. He informed Mary that He must be about His Father's business, and that His obligation to His Heavenly Father was above every other claim. His first visit to the temple had awakened new impulses. All earthly obligations were, for the time, lost sight of; but with the knowledge of His divine mission, and of His union with God, He did not resist the authority of His parents. At their request He returned with them as a faithful, obedient son, and aided them in their life of toil. He buried in His own heart the secret of His future mission, waiting submissively until the period of His public ministry should commence before announcing to the world that He was the Messiah. He submitted to parental restraint, for the period of eighteen years after He had acknowledged that He was the Son of God, and lived the simple, common life of a Galilean, working at the carpenter's trade with His father.

It is common for children, even of Christian parents, when not over twelve years old, to feel that they must be allowed to follow their own desires. And parents are ready to be led by their children, rather than to lead them. Instead of the parents, like Abraham, commanding their household after them, their children command them. For this reason many youth come up with habits of selfishness and idleness. They are vain, proud, and headstrong.

Children, Jesus, in order to show you your duty to your parents, passed through the period of childhood and youth. He laid aside His exalted character, and became a child, doing the duties which a child should do. For thirty years He submitted to parental restraint. Yet He was the King of glory, the Majesty of Heaven.

The life of Christ assures a blessing forever upon a life of cheerful submission to parental restraint and a life of physical and mental industry. The fifth commandment is binding upon children as long as their own lives and the lives of their parents are spared.