Bible Reading: Luke 2:52 (Yes, just one verse! Memorize it!)
It’s Friday! For whatever reason this week has felt like an eternity. I have been taking finals for my MDiv. program this week, so I have been extremely busy. I will have just a few weeks off after finishing my Spring semester before my Summer semester begins! This means that today’s post, due to finals, will be much shorter. If you missed the other posts in this series you can check them out here:
- Who Is He? Introduction
- Who Is He? The Word
- Who Is He? The Two Miracle Kids
- Who Is He? God Manifested in the Flesh
- Who Is He? He was the Perfect Child
This post will be wrapping up Jesus’ childhood because just like all children, Jesus grew up. He didn’t grow to be freakishly tall or amazingly strong, but we do have a verse in Luke that gives us a picture of his growth.
Luke 2:52 (ESV)
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
Why is this verse so important? Isn’t this just random information about how Jesus matured? I do not think it is random. I think it is very important that Jesus grew up, just like the rest of humanity.
If you looked back to another boy in the Old Testament you will see almost the same verse be said of him.
1 Samuel 2:26 (ESV)
26 Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and also with man.
Maybe I am making too much of this, but what an amazing connection between a young boy who was called by the LORD and the Lord Jesus Christ! The LORD was going to do great things through the words of Samuel, but the LORD would do even greater things through the Living Word!
Children grow up. That is the way God made us. It was no different for Christ. In fact, I think that him growing up and maturing shows that he truly was fully man along with being fully God! It is important that he grew up, otherwise, how could he sympathize with all our weaknesses?
Hebrews 4:14–15 (ESV)
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
In every respect. From infancy to adulthood, Jesus faced all the temptations that you and I face today. Sure, those temptations come through different mediums today, but the fact remains: Jesus can sympathize with our weaknesses because he experienced the same things we did. He is the perfect High Priest for us. I won’t go too deep into that because that will be a post of its own!
Jesus grew up. He grew in his wisdom. His physical body grew as well! He even found favor in the eyes of man, but most importantly he found favor in the Lord’s eyes.
Colossians 1:19 (ESV)
19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
Next week we will see more about this favor that Jesus found in the sight of God when we look at Christ’s baptism. But, for today, remember that Jesus grew up the same as you did. He went through all the struggles you are facing. He knows how to sympathize with your weakness. Turn to the throne of grace in confidence so that you may receive mercy and find grace to help you in your time of need! You can do that because Jesus grew up, was obedient to his Father, went to the cross to take your place bearing the punishment for sin, he rose from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for you as the perfect Mediator!