When children are born, they experience life from a totally selfish perspective. Kids have to learn from their parents, how to live and survive in a sinful society. They need to be taught these things to become productive, loving, law-abiding citizens. They need to learn how to cope with the word “no” and accept that things may not always go as planned. They need to be taught good versus evil.
We’ve all experience a child that has bad behaviors. They’ve been allowed to do and say things that are not acceptable to the average adult. I don’t believe that kids are born bad, but can be taught this behavior through lack of discipline, chemical imbalances or life issues beyond their control. We’ve also heard the saying that “kids will be kids.” But was Jesus ever a bad kid?
Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. Mary was a virgin and had not yet married Joseph. The angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph in a dream and told him that they would have a baby conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Joseph wasn’t happy at first, because he was afraid of what people would think of him and Mary, but he did what the angel told him and married her anyway.
Matthew 1:20-21 says, “But when he was giving thought to these things, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, have no fear of taking Mary as your wife; because that which is in her body is of the Holy Spirit. And she will give birth to a son; and you will give him the name Jesus; for he will give his people salvation from their sins.”
As Jesus grew up he had to learn how to walk and talk just as we all do. And he went to school to learn his lessons as we do today.
Luke 2:40-52 tells us that when he became 12 years old, his family traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. When the Passover feast was over, they left to go back home to Galilee. A day went by and they discovered that Jesus was not with them. So they went back to Jerusalem to find him.
After approximately three days they found him in the temple, which is the church today. His parents were worried and angry and asked him why he stayed there. Jesus told his parents that they shouldn’t have worried, because they should have known where he was. He told them he was in his Father’s house, which was pretty strange to his parents, because Joseph was his father. But in Jesus’ case, he was referring to his spiritual Father as God.
Because Jesus was still a boy, he obeyed his earthly parents and went home with them. This scripture shows us that even at 12 years old, Jesus knew that he should be in the temple (or the church), studying and applying God’s word in his life.
As Jesus grew up he never did anything wrong. He became wiser and God’s grace increased in his life. He never sinned or did bad things. He never stole anything, said bad words, lied or disobeyed his parents. Even though Jesus was human, he was also God. And because he was God, he was perfect and unable to do wrong.
Jesus became God’s Son so he could be a perfect sacrifice for our sins and take away the wrong that we have done. If he wasn’t perfect, he couldn’t have accomplished this great sacrifice. God also wants us to do as Jesus did, so we can become as close to perfect, in order to please him.
For 1 Peter 2:21-24 says, “This is God’s purpose for you: because Jesus himself underwent punishment for you, giving you an example, so that you might go in his footsteps: Who did no evil, and there was no deceit in his mouth: To sharp words he gave no sharp answer; when he was undergoing pain, no angry word came from his lips; but he put himself into the hands of the judge of righteousness: He took our sins on himself, giving his body to be nailed on the tree, so that we, dead to sin, might have a new life in righteousness, and by his wounds we have been made well.”
Thank God Jesus was a perfect sacrifice who was born to die for our sins!