How was Jesus a man and God?
When did Jesus know that He was the Son of God?
Was He a normal little boy or did a yellow glow of holiness shine around Him from birth?
These are some of the questions we’ve been discussing during God Talk Tuesdays – lunch bible study with ladies at work, Jesus the One and Only.
This week we discussed Luke 2:21-4:22, regarding His childhood and the beginning of His ministry on earth.
We are given a lot of information, but what we are given seems to show that Jesus grew up basically a normal kid. At 12 He did know that He had to “be about His Father’s business” ( see Luke 2:49) but then he went home and grew in wisdom (see Luke 2:52), so obviously He didn’t know everything at that point. He grew in His wisdom and I, personally, believe He also grew in His knowledge of who He was.
But He was God…God knows everything!
But He was Jesus…a man who doesn’t know everything and can’t be in all places at all times.
So how did that work?
By 12, Jesus knew who He was, but He kept that to Himself.
There was no glowing light around Him and except for the star that led the Magi to Him when He was toddler (see Matthew 2:9), there was nothing special about Jesus that made family or friends think of Him as anything other than a normal man (see Luke 4:22), the carpenter’s kid.
As for the “how”….let me use my husband, Ken, as an example.
Right before Ken and I met, he retired at the age of 29 from professional boxing. He was ranked #10 in Texas Middle Weight in 1985.
Then we had kids. He let those kids crawl all over him and “beat” him up. He could have easily hurt them (not so sure about that with Adam today!) but he “pulled his punches”. He laid aside his power to interact with his kids, who he loved.
Jesus laid aside His power, His holiness that would not allow sin to be in His presence, and interacted with the children He loved. He was still God…but He was “pulling His punches” to be with us.
It’s just that simple!