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Did Jesus know?

Did Jesus know?

Early yesterday morning I was sitting in my “prayer chair” in our kitchen, reading a few passages from my Bible as a prelude to meditation and prayer, both of which I try to do every day. Ten minutes in, and I was still trying to get focused enough to do either of them. It seems that my mind was taking me down a different path; one that I really didn’t want to follow, because it was all negative…

A couple of months ago Joshua Canizaro, one of the Pastors at the Church of The Highlands here in Birmingham cautioned me that as our walk with God becomes stronger, and as we do more to serve Him, we get this invisible “target” on our backs. This target, of course, serves as an invitation to receive “…all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Ephesians 6:15

Well, I’m gonna tell you, the last couple of weeks I’ve felt as if that target on my back had somehow morphed into a full body suit! We had some personnel issues and changes in our salon. We had recently agreed with our landlord to expand the salon at a time when, well, let’s just say that the timing could have been better. I had to have a discussion with a member of our family that I didn’t want to have. I had a couple of friends that were going through some trying times. I had…

What I’m trying to say is that life was dealing me a whole lot of crap all at the same time! You know what I’m talking, don’t you? Surely you’ve had those kinds of weeks before; it’s one thing, after another, after another! Perhaps you’re going through one of those periods right now. Just know that you’re not alone! The world didn’t single you out as its only victim.

You should also know this…

When life is dealing you fits is when Satan is working his hardest! When our attention is on our situation at work, or on our finances, or raising our children, or on a spat that we may have had with our spouse, Satan comes in to plant the seeds of doubt, anger, hatred, or any other negative and evil thoughts that are his trademarks!

And you should also know that God is gonna give you everything that you need to overcome every obstacle that life, and Satan deals you, if you will only ask Him for help.

And all those situations that I was facing the last couple of weeks? I prayed my way through them! “God give me strength. God give me patience. God give me wisdom, and understanding, and knowledge. God get me through this.”

Guess what? He got me through all of it…every trial, every tribulation, every doubt…all of it. That’s the good part. The bad part was that I had to go through it at all!

And that’s what I was thinking about yesterday morning…not just what we have to go through, but Satan’s role in it…his relentless attacks on us, not only when we’re working for God, but when we’re at our weakest.

Did HE know?

I started turning a couple of questions over and over in my mind. They were questions that I’d never considered before, and I had certainly had no idea as to the answers. When my wife Jackie joined me in the kitchen I posed the questions to her…

Do you think that, as a child, Jesus knew that he was the Messiah, the Son of God? I mean, did he know that he was the Word Incarnate? Was he born knowing this, or did it come to him as he got older?

Well, Jackie wasn’t really sure of the answers either. Sensing that I might pose this question to you today, she cautioned me that doing so may result in receiving more answers than I was prepared to handle! Besides, what difference did it really make if he knew or not?

By that time I was like a bloodhound on the scent of a criminal’s trail! Like Sherlock Holmes seeking a clue! Like Indiana Jones looking for the Ark of the Covenant! Did he know?

When I got to church, I posed my questions to Pastors Canizaro and Cory Hardesty. Both felt that Jesus knew early on that he had a calling to the Lord. As far as knowing, it is recorded in Luke that Jesus was twelve years old when he became separated from his parents for three days as they were returning from the Feast of the Passover. After frantically searching for him, they found him in the temple courts…

“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Luke 2:49

Pryor to that time in history, God had never been referred to as Father. For Jesus to refer to God as his Father, he had to have known that he was indeed the Son!

You may be wondering why it was so important for me to know if Jesus knew?

Buckle up and hang on; this may get a little deep, because the answer to that question leads to more questions, for which I have no concrete answers.

If he knew, was he more prepared to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one?

We know that Satan tempted Jesus when was he was in the desert for forty days, and Jesus rebuked him. How about all the years that we don’t know about? I’m talking about the years when he was an adolescent…in his late teens…his early twenties. What do know we about those all-important formative years?

Jesus was God made flesh. He was not half man and half God, but fully God and fully man. And as a man, he experienced the same things that we do; i.e., trials, tribulations, anger, hurt, and ultimately, death.

Did being the Son of God isolate, or insulate, Jesus from the ways of the world?

Did Jesus have to contend with problems in his world relative to the problems that we deal with today? Financial stress? Moral corruption? Crumbling family values? Health care?

Knowing that Jesus was indeed the Son of God, did Satan attack or tempt Jesus even more than he would you or me? Or did he only go so far in his temptations, knowing that God could crush him like a bug?

Do you think that Jesus ever just got tired of it all?

Before you get even more upset with me for asking some of these questions, let me tell you what I think…

I believe that, in addition to saving us from the sin of Adam and Eve, Jesus was sent here so that he might experience everything that we experience. Yeah, he was the Word made Flesh, but he was also a man. And as a man, he felt everything that we feel.

When we go through a rough day, or week, or month, we do so with the anticipation, with the hope, that life will get better. As Christians, as followers, we believe that God will take care of us, that He will lift us up, that He will ease our burdens and heal our hurts.

Yeah, I believe that Jesus knew…I believe that he knew that his ultimate reward for being one of “us” for thirty-three years was a death marked by betrayal, humiliation, and unimaginable suffering. Yet he did it anyway. And I have to believe that he spent a lot less time grumbling walking his path than I do as I walk mine.

It has been said that the mark of a good leader is one who leads by example. That being said, perhaps Jesus was more than our Savior…perhaps he was the greatest leader that we have ever known. You see, in his birth, in his life, and in his death, he leads us to God.

He knew.






Donna wrote on 02/08/10 8:51 AM

I'm so glad I read this at the beginning of the day. I also like to wonder about Jesus' years before His active ministry, and it's interesting to follow your thought process. Some years after her conversion to Christianity, Anne Rice (author of vampire books) wrote a novel about Jesus growing up, called CHRIST THE LORD:OUT OF EGYPT. I'm sure God is pleased that we're curious about Him and His Son!
Jammie wrote on 02/08/10 8:52 AM

There is no a lot of recorded information about Jesus' childhood, but am glad you pointed out the things that we do know about him. We know He was God made flesh, experienced real pain, and bled real blood, he cried, and was physically strong. All that and loved us enough to die for us. What an example!
Linda wrote on 02/08/10 8:23 PM

The Scriptures reveal that Satan was not certain which of the deciples was Jesus until the time John the Baptist baptized him and God proclaimed, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased". It was after this that Satan tempted Jesus in the desert. This leads me to believe that Satan knew Jesus was there, but not exactly who He was. The Wise Men were instructed not to go back the way they had traveled so that Jesus' identity could be hidden. And his parents were instructed to take him away to escape death as a child. I only know from the Scriptures that Jesus was a man that was exposed to all things that we are exposed to, tempted in all ways, just like us, so that He could understand everything we go through. The only difference is no sin was found in Him. Please correct me if I'm wrong. This is just what I have learned from reading and studying the Bible. Remember me telling you about those targets and flaming arrows, Sam? The stronger you become, the more of a threat you are to satan. But you are correct, we DO have to go through these experiences. Like gold being refined in the fire, we, too, must be "refined" for future work. You are well on your way! Let me know if you find out anything about Jesus' younger years! I'd be so interested in knowing.
Jesse Sacdalan wrote on 01/31/13 1:35 AM

To the seed of Hope, the comment you placed, "Pryor to that time in history, God had never been referred to as Father." However, if you or Jesus were in the Old Testament God had been referred to as Father! This is seen by the capital "F" in Father in the Old Testament specifically in 1 Ch 17:13; 22:10; Isa 9:6; 63:16; Jer 3:19; 31:9. You just have to keep reading NIV Lk. 2:50-52 But they did not understand what he was saying to them. 51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Consequently, we see here that the full understanding of who Jesus is not yet possible for Joseph, Mary, and Jesus, Himself. This will come through the Holy Spirit convicting them all (including Jesus) the Messiah, in Scripture, the Holy Bible, God’s Word, specifically in Isaiah 53 is Jesus, Himself, through His ministry of three and a half years. So, How do we know for sure that Jesus Christ, Himself, read Scripture and found out for Himself that He was the Messiah? NKJ Lk. 4:15-22 And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And, Can you guess which book He read from and which chapter? 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: 18 "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." 20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And, Why do you think? 21 And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." We see here that Jesus preached from the Book of Isaiah and His last reading was chapter 61 verses 1 and 2. And the reason why He said, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." is because, He understood, through reading the previous chapter (Isaiah 53) that He was the Messiah. The prophets knew and we can know too that Isaiah 53 was referring to Jesus Christ. Again, that the full understanding of who Jesus is not yet possible for Joseph, Mary, and Jesus, Himself. This will come through the Holy Spirit convicting them all (including Jesus) the Messiah, in Scripture, the Holy Bible, God’s Word, specifically in Isaiah 53 is Jesus, Himself, through His ministry of three and a half years.

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