Ministry of Patience

Perhaps no characteristic of Jesus of Nazareth was more beautiful than his sublime patience. The gospels are replete with instances wherein he turned with tenderest compassion from his own high view-point of spiritual vision to meet on its own plane some frail, outreaching blossom of thought just struggling into the light. We remember how obediently he left the temple at Jerusalem, where he was "sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions," and at his mother's bidding went home with his parents, and "was subject" unto them. Even at the age of twelve years he knew more of God and His law than his parents did; but he was willing to wait until they found that out. That they soon understood this fact is evidenced by the words of his mother on the occasion of his first public appearance after that, at the marriage-feast at Cana of Galilee, when she whispered to the servants to do whatever he should bid them.

Jesus never forced an issue. His faith in the omnipotence of good was such that he knew he could well afford to stand aside and await the ultimate adjustment effected by his Father's perfect and unalterable law. He knew that the divine activities were already in operation, even though unseen and unacknowledged by blind material sense for the time being. Yet the deadly dulness of those around him must oftentimes have taxed his patience to the utmost.

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