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!
Jesus received offerings
so the people could be blessed.
And Jesus was a giver,
He had Judas give to the poor. (John 13:29)
Jesus owned a house in Capernaum, He was a rich Jew.
But He became poor
so we could become rich.
PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH
This celebration was established in 1992 with a mission of uplifting and encouraging pastors, missionaries and religious workers.
“And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15
PRAYING BLESSINGS OVER
PASTOR JERRY & KATHY LAMPING
& PASTOR MANDY MOODY AND HER FAMILY
Praying 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, we wish above all things that you will prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.”
Praying that God will continue to supply all their needs and answer their wants.
Praying they will see the fruit of their labor.
Pray and ask God how you may show your appreciation.
Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.