The Early Life of Jesus
Jesus Christ is the world’s leading historical figure. However, there is very little information about Jesus early life. The biographical accounts of Jesus life include:
Let’s look at some direct and indirect facts about Jesus childhood years.
Jesus early life facts can be found in the New Testament. It is included in the Four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. Jesus, the Son of God, had an earthly family. He lived with His Mother Mary and His legal father, Joseph. Jesus’ four brothers were Simon Joses (Joseph), James and Judas Iscariot. Jesus did have sisters. However, there is no record of their names or how many.
The Gospels make no mention of education in Jesus early life. However, the excellence in Jesus Teaching Ministry is proof. Jewish fathers were responsible for training their sons. Learning begins after the child learns to talk. And, it was based on the Scriptures. Jewish children were taught the Hebrew alphabet backward and forward. The “Shema” was the child’s first prayer. “Hear O Israel the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” Scriptures were memorized. Jesus mentioned “tittle” in Matthew 5:18. This was the teaching of reading by drawing on the board.
Jesus Was a Carpenter
Vocational training was also a part of Jesus early life. Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father, taught Him carpentry. Carpentry was symbolic of Jesus Ministry. He performed supernatural carpentry. Jesus ministry would involve fixing “the broken.” A Christian song, written by Mike Murdock, describes the ministry of Jesus. “I Want to Spend My Life Mending Broken People.” For example, Jesus raises Lazarus is one of the supernatural events performed by Jesus to mend broken hearts.
The Spirit of Wisdom was in operation in Jesus early life. Written 700 years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah recorded in Chapter 11 verse 2 “The Spirit of the LORD will rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and power, the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the LORD.” In Luke Chapter 2, family and friends return home after Passover. However, there is one problem. Where is Jesus? Jesus was still at the Temple in Jerusalem. At age 12, He was involved in a deep doctoral discussion. As a result, the Jewish elders and scholars were captivated.
Didn’t you know I was handling “My Father’s business?”
An outstanding level of spiritual maturity was present in Jesus early life. After finding Him in the Temple, His parents shared their concerns. Afterward, He replied with two strange questions in Luke 2 verse 49. Allow me to paraphrase. “Why are you looking for me? Didn’t you know I was handling “My Father’s business?” Truly, I can imagine the looks on His parent’s face. Nevertheless, He didn’t mean any harm. His affection was “on things above.” Furthermore, He respected His parents and honored their request. Jesus was mission-ready. But “His time had not come.”
How about a hands-on experience of Jesus early life? Christian tours about the history of Christ are available on Christian Travel TV networks. Equally important, visit the dynamic, must-see sights, in Israel where Jesus ministered and taught the disciples. Or, Visit Jesus’ childhood home in Nazareth Galilee.
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