Saturday, 26 December 2020
“And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” -Luke 2:52
We have very little information on the childhood and adolescent years of Jesus except what is written in the second chapters of Luke and Matthew. His later years after being anointed with power for the tasks God sent Him, are given more importance.
The virtue of wisdom in the early years of Jesus is mentioned in the key verse and v.40 (“And the child grew and became strong in the spirit, filled with wisdom ….”). It is generally known that wisdom is applied knowledge. Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. James 3:13-17 gives us great insight into godly and worldly wisdom. James 3: 13 emphasizes:" Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.”
Let us look into some of the qualities of Jesus in His young age, which was the display of His wisdom. In fact, the Word of God instructs all believers to follow the same.
He was submissive to his parents continually: His life with Joseph and Mary who were obedient to God’s instructions had impacted his young age. It is written in Verse 41 “Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.” He would have seen His parent’s continual obedience to this ordinance year after year and in other areas and naturally progressed to this way of obedience. The submission and obedience of His earthly parents has ingrained a submissive attitude from Jesus’ young age on (Luke 2:51). The end result was obedience even unto death on the cross (Philippians 2:8).
We are called to put our old self to death by continual obedience/submission to God (James 4:7).