His Everyday Life

'Jesus came to this world in humility. He was of lowly birth. The Majesty of heaven, the King of glory, the Commander of all the angel host, He humbled Himself to accept humanity, and then He chose a life of poverty and humiliation.

He had no opportunities that the poor do not have. Toil, hardship, and privation were a part of every day's experience. "Foxes have holes," He said, "and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head." Luke 9:58.' (MH197)
His 'home was in Nazareth, which was proverbial for its wickedness. His parents were among the lowly poor. His trade was that of a carpenter, and He labored with His hands to do His part in sustaining the family.' (3T566)
He 'lived in a peasant's home and faithfully and cheerfully acted His part in bearing the household burdens. He who had been the commander of heaven was a willing servant, a loving, obedient son.' (MH399)
'Often He expressed the gladness of His heart by singing psalms and heavenly songs. Often the dwellers in Nazareth heard His voice raised in praise and thanksgiving to God. He held communion with heaven in song; and as His companions complained of weariness from labour, they were cheered by the sweet melody from His lips.' (DA73)
He 'was often heard singing hymns of praise; and yet some have said that "Jesus never smiled." How mistaken their ideas in this regard!' (WM93)
'Jesus did not seek the admiration or the applause of men. He commanded no army. He ruled no earthly kingdom. He did not court the favor of the wealthy and honored of the world. He did not claim a position among the leaders of the nation. He dwelt among the lowly. He reduced to nothing the artificial distinctions of society. The aristocracy of birth, wealth, talent, learning, rank, He ignored.' (MH197)
'Throughout His life on earth, Jesus was an earnest and constant worker. He expected much; therefore He attempted much.' (DA73)
'The life of Jesus from His earliest years was a life of earnest activity. He lived not to please Himself. He was the Son of the Infinite God, yet He worked at the carpenter's trade with His father Joseph. His trade was significant. He had come into the world as the character builder, and as such all His work was perfect. Into all His secular labour He brought the same perfection as into the characters He was transforming by His divine power. He is our pattern.' (COL345)
Oh yes, 'we dwell much on the grandeur of Christ's life. We speak of the great things that He accomplished, of the miracles He wrought, of how He spoke peace to the tempestuous waters, restored sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf, and raised the dead to life. But His attention to small things is even higher proof of His greatness.' (WM154)
'It was the Saviour's hand that folded the shroud and the napkin, and laid them neatly in their place. In His sight who guides star and atom, there is nothing unimportant. Order and perfection are seen in all His work.' (DA789)


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