The Baptism of the Lord Jesus
by The Patriarchal Journal
The Lord Jesus, after his amazing birth in the flesh, lived like all his contemporaries in the city of Nazareth. He distinguished himself from them by his integrity, the purity of his conduct and clarity of his conscience. Until he reached the age of thirty he was known as the carpenter, son of Joseph. The holy gospels were silent about his daily activities during that period. They did not mention anything except his visit to the temple when he reached the age of twelve, the age at which the Jewish boy was called “son of the law.” He had to memorize the law and the religious duties, and had to visit the temple to appear before the Lord. The holy gospel mentions that the virgin Mary and Joseph her fiancée lost the boy Jesus after finishing their visit to Jerusalem since they thought he was among his companions.
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