vs. 40 "And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him." --infancy -12 years old
vs. 52 "And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man."--12 years - 30 years old
The child Jesus ...
Grew in Strength .... of spirit
Grew in Stature ... of body & mind
Stayed Submissive ... to his earthly parents (vs. 51)
I'm challenged by the order of this. We take the children to well-checks at the doctor to see how their bodies are growing; we watch carefully over their grades to see how they are doing in school. I am moved by this to make sure that I am giving just as much if not earlier attention to see that they grow strong in their spirits.