"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost"(Luke 19:10)
"But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law"(Galatians 4:4).
the fullness time has came, God gave us his son. It was the plan that
He had made when He created this world with His Son. If human beings
would sin, he will send His Son to this world to save the humanity. This
was the plan of Salvation. Finally, according to plan, Jesus was born
in Bethlehem, Judah, which was the center of the whole world. The
Prophet Micah predicted, "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are
small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will
be ruler over Israel, whose origins are in form of old, from ancient
times"(Micah 5:2). And was for the beginning of Savior's ministry, we
can see the exact timing of it in Daniel (Cf. Daniel 9:25-27).
Therefore, Jesus, our Savior was born in the expected place, at the
expected time, in the most humble of circumstances.
following their visit, doctors went back to their country; and Joseph
went to Egypt not to this own home following God's command.
was because Herod was trying to find the baby who came as a King of
Judah. He was afraid of losing his crown. After he died, Joseph and his
family returned to Nazareth.
"And the child grew and became
strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and
men"(Luke 2:40, 52).
This is all that was recorded of young
Jesus by Luke. It is simple but it is a good description of how he grew
up in the glory of God. As Jesus grew up with wisdom and stature, his
character was also very gentle and beautiful. His physical and mental
abilities were well balanced and developed. He liked to serve and to be
kind to everyone.
Moreover, he had earnestness and patience.
His mother was always watching him with care and always prayed that she
could rear him as God desired. Young Jesus was taught the stories of the
Bible at her knees. So Jesus knew the Bible very well although he
didn't go to the school of the rabbis. The year he became 12 years old,
he went to Jerusalem with his parents to attend the Passover Feast.
Although His parents were returning home afterwards, He remained there
and discussed philosophy and many things with the rabbis in Jerusalem.
three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the
teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who
heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers"(Luke
The 12-year old Jesus surprised all the intellectual rabbis with his wise questions and marvelous answers.
he became thirty, Jesus worked with his own hands like his father,
Joseph. His parents were poor, so he experienced pain and poverty. He
had to work every day but he took the burdens of the household with joy.
He never spent the days gaining pleasure or meaningless things.
the way, Nazareth, the city where Jesus grew up, was a very sinful
village. People even asked; Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?
However Jesus stayed far away from sin while he was living there. He
carefully guarded his purity, so he never did anything wrong. He had so
much love and sympathy that he helped the poor, cheers the discouraged,
comfort the suffering, and cared for the weak women and children.
Bible said; "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to
sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in
every way, just as we are-yet was without sin"(Hebrew 4:15).
Jesus lived a sinless life to be our example even in His humble life in Nazareth.
people of Judah entered society at the age of 30. Therefore, Jesus was
also baptized to begin His mission at this pivotal age. When he came to
be baptized, John recognized in Him purity. The very atmosphere of His
presence was holy and awe-inspiring. John knew and felt it. Among the
people that had gathered about him at the Jordan River, only Jesus had
this holy atmosphere.
When John thought he was the promised
one the Jews had been waiting for, the Holy Spirit confirmed it. Jesus
didn't have to receive baptism on his account, because he was sinless.
is a ceremony that symbolizes a confession of guilt. But Jesus came to
this world to be an example, so he had to be baptized.
baptized him at the Jordan River, by putting his whole body into the
water. When he was coming up out of the water, the Holy spirit descended
on him in the form of a dove, they heard a holy voice from Heaven,
"This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased"(Matthew 3:17).
For this John could confirm that Jesus was a Messiah in certain. So he
told the multitude, "Look, the Lamb of God"(John 1:36).
being baptized, Jesus went to the wilderness to receive power and
contemplate his work and plan. He fasted and prayed for forty days and
nights there. Satan, who made Adam and Eve fall into sin before, thought
it was the best time to tempt Jesus. So Satan used the appetite as the
first temptation for Jesus. "If you are the Son of God, tell these
stones to become bread"(Matthew 4:3). It meant that Satan wanted Jesus
to use his divine power from God to fulfill his own selfish desire. But
Jesus answered with the scripture from Deuteronomy 8:3, It is written;
"Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the
mouth of God"(Matthew 4:4).
Satan's second attempt was to
flatter his self-importance. "He led him to a high place and told him to
fall down. He said, it is written: He will command his angels
concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you
will not strike your foot against a stone"(Matthew 4:6), Jesus answered
him, "it is also written: Do not put the Lord your God to the
The devil tried again and took him to a
very high place and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their
splendor, "all this I will give you if you bow down and worship
Through those words, Jesus realized what
Satan wanted and said to him, it is written: "Worship the Lord your God,
and serve him only"(Matthew 4:10).
When Satan wants to
approach us, there are three enticements-appetite, honor, earthly wealth
and power. Through these three things, Satan will bring temptation upon
us. The only thing that we can rely on is the word of God. Keeping
God's words in our hearts is a proven method to overcome temptation and
to live in this world safely.
being baptized, and defeating temptation, Jesus went back to Nazareth
to start his ministry. One Sabbath day, He read from the book of the
prophet Isaiah in a synagogue, which mentioned his work. "The Spirit of
the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news
to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and
recovery of sight for the blind, to free the oppressed, and to proclaim
the year of the Savior." (Luke 4:18,19, Cf Isaiah 61:1,2) After that, He
said, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing"(Luke 4:21).
It meant that He would complete the prophecy of Isaiah.
went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues,
preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and
sickness." (Matthew 9:35)
He taught people the word of life
in the synagogues and healed the sick. He was a helper of the poor, a
friend of sinners, and protector of widows and orphans. Everyone who got
in trouble was seeking for solutions from Him and He comforted everyone
who was heart-broken and discouraged. Jesus was the Great Healer for
everyone. Jesus performed a lot of miracles that we can never
understand. He healed the brokenhearted, preached deliverance to the
captives and gave sight to the blind. Moreover, He miraculously fed
thousands of people with five loaves of bread and two fishes, walked
upon the waves, and spoke peace to the stormy sea.
He did what
man can't do; which shows his divinity. His birth showed us the
combination of humanity and divinity; His life also showed us his life
filled with divinity and not only humanity. He was the Creator who made
this whole world, and the ability of creation was in Him.
was a 100% man but He was 100% God. He was the bridge that connected the
earth to Heaven and a medium of communication between God and man.
"Jesus said; I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me"(John 14:6).
liked to flash His divinity through His humanity and to be called as
the Son of Man. He said about his mission, "For the Son of Man came to
seek and to save what was lost"(Luke 19:10). "just as the Son of Man did
not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom
for many"(Matthew 20:28). And when Mary had Jesus, an Angel said to
Joseph, "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name
Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins"(Matthew 1:21).
His mission was to find the lost people, to save the sinners from their
sin with his life. "And He also said, "Just as Moses lifted up the
snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone
who believes in him might have eternal life"(John 3:14, 15). It refers
to the fact that he would die on the cross.
Israelites were in the wilderness, they were cursed by their
disobedience to be bitten to die by the venomous snakes. "When Moses
prayed for the people of Israel, God replied, make a snake and put it up
on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live"(Numbers 21:
So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole, and
everyone who looked at it, could live. He reminded them of the story
that symbolized His crucifixion for them. By this, He foretold that he
would die on the cross and asked us to believe that he would be
crucified for our sin. The cross is the memorial of Jesus' sacrifice and
His infinite love.