Part 7 – How Did Jesus Live As He Matured? – Pt A
In order to understand how to live the Christian life, we must first understand how Jesus lived the Christian life. Have you ever thought about how Jesus lived the Christian life?
“Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.” (John 6:57, NIV).
According to Jesus’ own words, He lived because of, or by, His Father. How did He live by the Father?
BEFORE HIS EARTHLY MINISTRY BEGAN
We know very little about how Jesus lived, before His ministry began. He didn’t just pretend to be a baby, He actually was a baby, who grew and matured … His soul grew and matured.
“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature …” (Luke 2:52).
If Jesus had to grow in wisdom and stature in His soul, perhaps we need to learn how to grow in our soul also.
JESUS’ ONGOING DISCOVERIES AS HE GREW
Jesus also had a living spirit. He was the only person born with a living spirit and an indwelling Father. And because He had a living spirit and an indwelling Father, as He connected with His living spirit and His indwelling Father, He became aware of a number of amazing things.
Jesus Discovered That He Could Remember The Past
He remembered how He has always existed. “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58, NIV).
He remembered who His real Father was. “‘Why were you searching for me?’ he asked. ‘Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?'” (Luke 2:49, NIV).
He remembered where He came from. “I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” (John 16:28, NIV).
He remembered that He was with God at creation. “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” (John 17:5, NIV).
He remembered people of the past. “Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.” (Matthew 17:3, NIV). Note that Moses and Elijah knew Him, and He knew them!
His body did not reveal these things to Him. His soul did not reveal these things to Him. His spirit revealed to Him experiences He had had in eternity past. So His spirit could remember eternity past!
He could see outside of time, and outside of space. His spirit could not only see the past, but also roam the past. Because His spirit is from the spirit realm, and so not subject to space, time, matter, mess, distance, dimensions, Jesus can exist in our space-time reality, and the non-dimensional reality, at the same time.
“Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” (John 8:56, NIV).
“No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven … the Son of Man, who is in heaven.” (John 3:13, NIV).
“My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.” (John 13:33, NIV). “You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.” (John 7:34, NIV).
Something inside of Jesus was not limited by our material and dimensional reality. His spirit could recall past eternity and past human history. He could remember being there.
Jesus Discovered That He Could Remember The Future!
Jesus could also remember the future!
“‘Yes, it is as you say,’ Jesus replied, ‘But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.'” (Matthew 26:64, NIV).
“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.'” (Revelation 1:8, NIV).
“… He said to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.'” (Mark 9:31, NIV).
So in His spirit, Jesus was free of all limitations. In His spirit He became aware of all His past, and He became aware of all His future. He took hold of His pre-existence. And He took hold of that age after creation, His post-creation existence. And He knew He would return to glory when He returned to the Father.
Sometimes the past, present, and future passed before Him as timeless. He spoke of future things as having happened. He often spoke to His disciples as though the cross had already redeemed them and they already had the Holy Spirit. To Jesus, they were already done, because He could see outside of time.
(Note: I am indebted to Gene Edwards for many of the concepts in this series.)
… Next time …. Part 8 – How Did Jesus Live As He Matured? – Pt B