April 3, 1017
Greetings to you all and a Happy Monday too!
Today, I’m continuing my blog with Part III of the courageous life of Jesus, as He was continuing to grow into God’s perfection and all the while, growing into the young man who would become our King, the Saviour and the Light of the world…Hallelujah!!
- Jesus worked in childhood and youth, He grew strong in body and mind. He tried to use all his powers in such a way as to keep them in health, that He might do the best work in every line. He lived in the home of a peasant – a poor man faithfully and cheerfully, He did his part in helping to support the family as soon as He was old enough. He learned a trade and worked in the carpenter’s shop with Joseph. In the coarse dress of a common laborer, He passed through the streets of the little town, going to and from His work. He did not use his divine power to make his work easier for Himself.
- Whatever He did was well done. He wanted to be perfect even in the handling of tools. By His examples, He taught that we ought to be industrious, that we should do our work well and that such work is honorable. God gave us work as a blessing, and He is pleased with children who cheerfully take their part in the duties of the household, sharing the burdens of the father and the mother. Such children will go out from the home to be a blessing to others. All should find something to do that will be helpful to themselves and to others.
- The Jewish teachers made many rules for the people and required them to do many things that God had not commanded. Even the children had to learn and obey these rules. But Jesus did not try to learn what the rabbis taught. He was careful not to speak disrespectfully of what others did, then He showed from the Bible what was the right way. When urged to obey their rules, He asked what the Bible taught, and whatever that said, He would do.
- This made the rabbis angry. They knew that their lives were contrary to the Bible, and yet they were displeased with Jesus for refusing to obey them. They complained of Him to His parents. Joseph and Mary thought the rabbis good men, and Jesus suffered blame, which was hard to bear. The brothers of Jesus took sides with the rabbis. They reproved Jesus for setting himself above the leaders of the people. The rabbis thought themselves better than other men, and would not associate with the common people. The poor and ignorant they despised; even the sick and suffering, they left without hope or comfort.
- Jesus showed a loving interest in all men. Every suffering one whom He met, He tried to help. He had little money to give, but He often denied Himself of food in order to help others. All this displeased His brothers. They threatened and tried to terrify Him, but He kept right on, doing as God had said.
- Many were the trials and temptations that Jesus had to meet. Satan was always watching to overcome Him. If Jesus had been led to do one wrong act, or to speak one impatient word, He could not have been our Saviour, and the whole world would have been lost. Satan knew this, and it was for this reason that he tried so hard to lead Jesus into sin.
- The Saviour was always guarded by heavenly angles, yet His life was one long struggle against the powers of darkness. Not one of us will ever have to meet such fierce temptations as He did. But to every temptation He had to answer: “It is writen”. The wrong doing of His brothers, He did not rebuke, but He told them what God had said.
- Nazareth was a wicked town, and the children and youth tried to have Jesus follow their evil ways. He was bright and cheerful and they liked His company, but His godly principals roused their anger. Often, for refusing to join them in some forbidden act, He was called a coward and sneered at. To all this, His answer was: “It is written.” “The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to part from evil is understanding.” (Job-28:28). To love evil is to love death, for “the wages of sin is death.” – Romans-6:30
- Because He was so willing and uncomplaining, His work was often made needlessly hard. Yet, He was not discouraged for He knew that God smiled upon Him. His happiest hours were found when alone with nature and God. When His work was done, He loved to go into the fields, to meditate in the green valleys, to pray to God on the mountainside, or amid the trees of the forest. He listened to the lark caroling forth music to its’ Creator, and His voice joined the song of joyful praise and thanksgiving. With voice of singing, He welcomed the morning light. The break of day often found Him in some quiet place, thinking about God, studying the Bible or in prayer.
- From these peaceful hours, He would return to His home to take up His duties again, and to give an example of patient toil. Wherever He was, His presence seemed to bring the angels near. The influence of His pure, holy life was felt by all classes of people.
- Harmless and undefiled, He walked among the thoughtless, the rude, the uncourteous; amid the unjust tax gatherers, the reckless prodigals, the unrighteous Samaritans, the heathen soldiers, and the rough peasants. He spoke a word of sympathy here, and a word there, as He saw men weary, yet compelled to bear heavy burdens. He shared their burdens, and repeated to them the lessons He had learned from nature, and of the love, the kindness and the goodness of God.
- He passed by no human being as worthless, but tried to encourage the roughest and most unpromising. He told them that God loved them as His children, and that they might become like Him in character. So in a quiet way, Jesus, from His very childhood, worked for others. This work, none of the learned teachers, nor even His own brothers, could make Him give up. With an earnest purpose, He carried out the design of His life, for He was to be the light of the world.” (*Preparing for Eternity)
As each day passes now, we’re getting closer to Easter Sunday – that incredible day that changed the world forever. Without Jesus, not only would we be lost, but lost forever! – “The Lord lives!” – Psalms 18:46
My prayer for us all this week is that we will deliberately read this blog one more time…slowly taking in all of Jesus’ goodness and LOVE ONE ANOTHER!! Wouldn’t it be incredible if everyone lived as Jesus did?—Humble, kind, caring, patient, forgiving, and loving every living person and creature on Earth—Oh my, what a world this would be! That world does exist though, after we leave this world. Get to know Jesus and what He’s all about; however, if you know Jesus, share Him with someone who may not know Him. Amen!
May you all have a wonderful week, honoring God, yourself and your loved ones. Make a difference in someone’s life and if you want the devil to have a nervous breakdown, get up every day and be as positive and happy as you can be— Hallelujah!!
God is Good! God is Great!! Always!!!
I love you,