And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:51-52
Take a moment and reread today’s verses, especially the first sentence. Now take a moment to think about what happened here. The Son of God was in submission to His earthly parents. God obeyed Mary and Joseph. He honored His parents. He did what He was told by them. Talk about humility.
Jesus did not suddenly become God when He reached 30 years old. There was not God possession of a Jewish man called Jesus. No, Jesus had always been God. He was God from the moment of His conception. Actually He was God from before the beginning. So in today’s verses we see God submitting to the discipline of His earthly parents. Did He have to do this? Of course not. He is God after all. I believe He did so in order to fully experience everything we experience. In order to become the perfect sacrifice, the perfect Adam, Jesus needed to live life as we do but with the one important exception, Jesus would do so without sinning.
God who created the universe and everything in it, God who created all the angels, God humbled Himself and lived as a human. He did this to show us how we are supposed to act. He did so to show us how He intended us to be from the beginning. Living a life in perfect harmony with God the Father. We still each fall short of God’s ideal but because this twelve year old boy submitted to His parents; this boy who would grow into a man who continued to live life as God intended we are given a way to reach this perfect relationship with God.
Most of what we know about Jesus is when He began His ministry at about 30. Jesus did not start living a sin free life at 30. He began doing so as a child. From early on Jesus set an example of how we should live. Yes, the most important part of the New Testament occurs when Jesus was in His thirties but the story did not start then.
Have a blessed day,