Eight days after Jesus was born He was circumcised. He was a proper Jewish boy. He grew up in the town of Nazareth, by what we know He was just another kid in the neighborhood.
Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and age and in favor with God and men.
Jesus was born a baby, He knew only what babies know. He had to grow in knowledge just like all babies. I heard a lady teach a Bible study one day and she made this connection: God knows all things, so Jesus was embarrassed when Mary changed His diaper! This is ignorance gone to seed. Jesus was willing to strip Himself of all the attributes that made Him God in order to please the Father. Jesus read and studied the Old Testament writings of the prophets in order to meet and know Jehovah. Joseph taught Jesus to be a carpenter but that wasn’t His calling. He was an ordained minister. He was a rabbi.
Luke 2:49 Do you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?
Jesus was a rabbi under the law but he answered to God, not the Scribes and Pharisees. The Jewish leadership was corrupt, they didn’t care anything about the people. When Jesus came along ministering to the people He made them look bad. They became jealous and began to look for things to accuse Him of so they could justify killing Him. We know very little about the early years of Jesus. Some have written books claiming to have “revelation” of His childhood, but unless they can show me in the Scriptures, I will not believe one word of it.
Luke 3:22 The Holy Ghost descended in the shape of a dove upon Jesus, and a voice came from heaven saying, You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.
Jesus did nothing of significance until the Holy Spirit came to Him. Jesus could do nothing of Himself, He was just a man like you and I. The Bible calls Him Son of God, Son of man. The Bible refers to the whole human race as the sons of man, we are all the descendants of Adam just like Jesus. But He was also the Son of God because the Holy Spirit was His Father. The Holy Spirit was the one who planted the seed in the virgin.
Philippians 2:7 Jesus stripped Himself (of all privileges and dignity of being God) so as to assume the guise of a servant, in that He became like a man, born a human being.
Jesus was a man and remained a man until He was resurrected. He is now a man with a glorified body. He ministered for about three and a half years and during that time He was tired, hungry, thirsty and rejected by those He was sent to. Jesus would never have made it without the Holy Ghost, He could only do and say what the Father gave Him to do. Jesus had to find Himself in the Scriptures and then He had to submit to what they said about Him. Most times we must remind ourselves that Jesus is the best Christmas Gift we have or ever will receive. Merry Christmas!
For I know the grace of Jesus, He was a wealthy man.
He was a tither and a sower,
but one day He became poor.
He became the curse,
He bear my poverty and lack.
Now I am increased with goods, God shed His grace on me.
Matthew 9:37 Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He will send out laborers into His harvest.”
PRAYING FOR laborers
PRAYING FOR our part: Individually/FOJ Church/Body of Christ in Helena
PRAYING FOR hearts: Our hearts to minister and people’s hearts to receive. We are trees who have been planted, watered and feed by God. We are rooted in His Word and love.
PRAYING FOR divine appointments: 2 Tim 2:19 God knows who are His. Holy Spirit lead appointments!
PRAYING FOR courage: Jeremiah 1:8 Do not be afraid of their faces. (Do not shrink back) Philippians 2:13 For He who calls us is faithful; he will surely do it…. equip us with everything good that we may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight.
PRAYING Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation…