15. Christ about His Father’s Business

Luke 2:49

“And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not
that I must be about my Father’s business?”

Outline of “Christ about His Father’s Business”

1. HOW JESUS DID HIS “FATHER’S BUSINESS.”
  a. By coming to earth and assuming human nature.
  b. By his Perfect life, distinguished for:
  1. Filial duty, Benevolence, Patience, Self-denial,
  2. Humility, Boldness, Spirituality, and Prayerfulness.
    1. Which Answered two purposes:
      1. As a Justifying righteousness for the elect.
      2. As a Perfect Pattern for imitation.
  c. By his works, sufferings, and death as a Redeemer.
2. HOW JESUS NOW DOES HIS “FATHER’S BUSINESS.”
  α. As a Priest. Blessing the People. Interceding for them.
  β. As a Mediator. The way of access.
  γ. As a Counsellor and Advocate.
  δ. As the Captain of our Salvation. 30, Sermon 1770); “David’s Spoil” (MTP 34, Sermon 2017); and “The Prince of Life” (MTP 36, Sermon 2139). The sermon in which Charles addressed this title specifically is “The Captain of Our Salvation” (MTP 45, Sermon 2619). Approximately forty years after he preached from the above outline, Charles offered the following words in the final sermon he preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle on June 7, 1891: “Young men, if you could see our Captain, you would [fall] down on your knees and beg him to let you enter the ranks of those who follow him” (MTP 37:323). On New Year’s Day 1892 in Mentone, France, only four weeks before his death, Charles also said, “What a joy to see Jehovah himself as our banner, and God himself with us as our Captain!” (ST February 1891:55)
  ε. As he who appears to help his people by the Spirit. [London: Thomas C. Jack, 1886–1888, The Spurgeon Library], 5:339). By the time the above sermon was written, Charles possessed such a familiarity with Henry’s commentaries that he recognized them in the sermon of Cornelius Elvin (Autobiography 1:250).
3. HOW JESUS SHALL DO HIS “FATHER’S BUSINESS.”
  By conquering Satan and leading captivity Captive.
  By Judging the world in righteousness.
  1. The People of God should be about their Father’s business.
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43. Jesus, the Shower from Heaven

Psalm 72:6

“He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass; as showers that water the earth.”

This Psalm was written like some others as prophetic of Messiah. The figure refers perhaps to the heavy dews as well as to the showers.

Outline of “Jesus, the Shower from Heaven”

I. JESUS IS LIKE TO RAIN. JESUS IN HIS GRACIOUS OPERATION:
  1. Pure. As the rain is pure so the grace of Jesus is pure and holy,
unadulterated, purifying.
  2. Life giving. The parched and arid plains put on life at the coming of the rain. So does the soul.
  3. Restoring. It makes the drooping revive and put on life afresh.
So Jesus revives the dying soul.
  4. It is necessary both to beauty and existence.
II. JESUS IS LIKE RAIN IN THE MANNER OF HIS DESCENT.
  1. It comes from heaven. 42:70). Cf. John 3:13; 6:38, 51; 1 Thess 4:16. So must true grace.
  2. It comes sovereignly at God’s appointment. Not under man’s governance but God’s.
  3. It enters, penetrates, dwells in the man.
  4. It sometimes comes gently, imperceptibly,
  5  but sometimes in a storm and tempest. 15:650). Charles struck through the number 5 at the beginning of this line. He likely sought to include the content of this line beneath his fourth point. Cf. Mark 4:35–41.
  5. It falls not every where. Men cover themselves from it. It is on the Bible, in the sanctuary, and at prayer it comes.

We should keep ourselves where this rain falls although we cannot control it.

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