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Luke 2

Good Morning Growers in Wisdom and Stature.  Today we look at Luke 2

Hebrews 4:15  says “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.”

We know clearly that when God the Son took on flesh and came down to Earth He “veiled” some of His Godly attributes.  For instance He was not everywhere present, nor did He appear all knowing.  When the Disciples asked when He would return He responded - only the Father knows.  He had to be fully human and go through what we go through to be able to emphasize with us.  He gets it!  

Towards the end of Luke 2 we get a glimpse of 12 year old Jesus.  Some interesting things to note:

- He too as a boy acted without thinking. He had to learn to think of His parents feelings.  “After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭43‬ ‭NIV‬‬.  Now we know He never sinned, so this was not willful disobedience- He simply didn’t think to ask if He could stay.  They looked for Him for 3 days before finding Him in the temple.  Could you imagine?  As a  parent losing a child is horrifying enough… imagine being entrusted with the Savior of the World and you lose Him.

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭52‬ ‭NIV‬‬

- He had to grow up - He wasn’t born mature.  Growing up isn’t easy.  Imagine always being the one that truly IS perfect!  Can you say “mom and dads favorite”, “Teachers pet, teachers pet.”  

- He grew in wisdom as well.  We assume He learned, like you and I.  He wasn’t astounding them in the temple at 4 years old, or 8… it wasn’t until He was 12 that He was able to blow their minds with His understanding.  Yet, at only 12 He was blowing their minds with understanding!  Let that be an encouragement to you!  

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

There was purpose in Him taking on flesh.  Yes to ultimately be a sufficient sacrifice, to pay the price for all sin once and for all - but also to show us how to live.  He’s the ultimate example for us to follow!  Forget idolizing Hollywood, or Athletes, even wanting to be like this person or that… we all have those we look up to.  Ultimately, look to Jesus!  He’s your benchmark!  

Dig in!  Stay after it!  Get to know Him!

Love You All!