Part 8 – How Did Jesus Live As He Matured? – Pt B
Last time we looked at the fact that as Jesus matured …. as He “grew in wisdom and stature”, He came to discover things about Himself. Because He lived out of His spirit, He discovered that He could remember the past, and He discovered that He could remember the future. Let’s continue.
Jesus Discovered That He Could See The Spiritual
Somewhere along the way, Jesus realized He could actually see spiritual, invisible events as they took place.
“He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.'” (Luke 10:18, NIV).
Jesus Discovered That He Could Perceive Beyond the Natural
He also became aware of present things happening beyond His eyes. He knew people He had never met, He knew what they were thinking, and He even saw them.
“Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” (Matthew 15:28, NIV).
“Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!” (Matthew 26:46, NIV).
“… ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.'” (Matthew 21:2, NIV).
“So then he told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead'” (John 11:14, NIV).
“He said, ‘Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.’ When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.” (John 21:6, NIV).
“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.'” (Luke 19:5, NIV).
“When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, ‘Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.'” (John 1:47, NIV).
“‘How do you know me?’ Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, ‘I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” (John 1:48, NIV).
“The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” (John 4:18, NIV).
“And while they were eating, he said, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.'” (Matthew 26:21, NIV).
Jesus’ human spirit could roam eternity and was not limited to knowing only the things geographically nearby in the present. And He could see spiritual realities within people!
Jesus Discovered That He Could Hear The Father … From Within
At some point Jesus began to hear His Father speak … from within!
“He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” (John 14:24, NIV).
“Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, ‘Why are you thinking these things?'” (Mark 2:8, NIV).
Much of Jesus’ ministry really wasn’t prophetic in one sense. It was just that He became connected with the operation of His spirit. It wasn’t a voice from in front of Him, or behind Him, or outside of Him, or in the hearing of His human ears. Instead, it was deep within His spirit, that He was hearing the voice of His Father.
WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF HIS HEARING?
This ability was not primarily for spiritual insight, or prophecy, or for miracles, or to impress friends. It was primarily to enable Him to have fellowship with God, in time, and in eternity.
“I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30, NIV).
“… that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21, NIV).
“And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world began.” (John 17:5, NIV).
In the same way, the primary purpose of our human spirit, is so we might have fellowship with God. (If we could only discover how to make our spirit alive again …).
Within Jesus’ limitless, immeasurable, non-dimensional spirit, God dwelt there. And an indwelling Father and an indwelling voice meant only one thing to Jesus … first and foremost, it meant fellowship with the Father.
So Jesus could say, without any hint of symbolism or allegory, “I and My Father are One!” He walked with the Father and lived by means of His life, One with His Father.
And what impressed Jesus was not His authority or power or miracles. What awed Him, was that His father lived inside Him, and that He shared one single life with His Father.
(Note: I am indebted to Gene Edwards for many of the concepts in this series.)
… Next time …. Part 9 – How Did Jesus Live As He Ministered?