Understanding Jesus – Teaching Blog 05
There is not much known about the early life of Jesus, but today we are going to study what we do know about Him from the Word. He did have a grand entrance into the world even though He was born in humble circumstances. The angels were signing about Him and men on earth were worshiping and giving Him gifts. However, all we have is a small glimpse of Him as a twelve year old child in Scripture. And this is the story – it was during the Passover celebration when Mary and Joseph took the family to Jerusalem, but on their journey back home they discovered Jesus was not among His relatives in the caravan. They quickly left the group and went back to the City and found Him in the Temple listening to the elders and asking questions. We are told in Luke 2:47 that “…all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.” We also learn in Verse 40 “…the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” At this point, Jesus knows who He is because He tells Mary and Joseph in Verse 49 “…Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” So at an early age Jesus knew His identity as the Son of God.
He was the oldest child in the family and learned His father’s trade as a carpenter. He would have attend the Synagogue regularly and engaged often with the religious leaders, but He had no public ministry at this time. There were no healings, no miracles, no signs or wonders yet, because He was simply a man going about the business of human life. It’s not until His baptism when the Holy Spirit descends upon Him that Jesus begins His ministry here on earth.
John the Baptist, a cousin of Jesus, preached to the crowds at the Jordan in Matthew 3:11-12 “…but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” This was John’s ministry to be a forerunner and prepare the way for the Lord. John was speaking of Jesus who will purge the threshing floor and cleanse the earth. Jesus will gather the wheat (those who are His) into His barn, but the chaff (the lost and unsaved) He will burn up in an unquenchable fire.
The baptism of Jesus is when we see the three entities of the Trinity. In Verses 16 and 17 it reads, “…the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’.” The Trinity is present – Jesus is baptized, God the Father speaks of His Son and the Holy Spirit descends upon Him. Jesus is now empowered by the Holy Spirit to begin His ministry and there is a visible power that is now in His life. And from this day forward everything changed in the life of Jesus and everything changed in our lives too! Amen.