GROWING PAINS IN JESUS LIFE AND MINISTRY
As we continue studying the various aspects of Christ as a youth, forming into a young man, eventually into messiah, here is some further obstacles He may have faced based on the SILENCE implied by scripture, as well as the other aspects of scripture never mentioning Joseph, ( i.e not because he was dead, but because he was”absentee” from Jesus earthly ministry etc, etc). JESUS SIBLINGS EVEN GAVE HIM A HARD TIME…
John 7:1-5 -“After this, Jesus traveled around Galilee. He wanted to stay out of Judea, where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death. 2 But soon it was time for the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles, 3 and Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles! 4 You can’t become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!” 5 For even his brothers didn’t believe in him.
after these last few posts on this subject, now let’s compile various points and principles we see from the various obstacles Jesus faced as a young man.
HOW GOD PREPARED JESUS ~IS HOW HE PREPARES A JESUS GENERATION
So why LEAVE OUT such a critical glimpse into the adolescence of the Christ? wouldn’t this benefit our kids today?
HERE ARE A FEW REASON I BELIEVE GIVE US INSIGHT INTO GOD’S MIND:
1. God’s SILENCE is intentional, because he wanted to train Jesus in His humanity in the safety of literary obscurity, away from the public scrutiny, even away from the printed page that untold millions would one day read…UNTIL HIS TRAINING WAS COMPLETE. THIS WAS TO PROTECT HIS DEVELOPMENTAL PROCESS. MAYBE THIS IS HOW GOD PREPARES ALL OF HIS CHOSEN INSTRUMENTS. He guards His young leaders by denying them any public notoriety or position, while he forges character in the within.
2. God’s SILENCE may be intentionally designed to teach us to SERVE without recognition, accolades, or rewards. BEFORE THE FATHER “GOES PUBLIC” RELEASING YOU INTO YOUR JORDAN MOMENT, HE MAY SECLUDES YOU, FOR YEARS…ENCASED IN AN AVERAGE, ORDINARY EXISTENCE..IN THE “WILDERNESS” OF TOTAL PRIVACY UNDER HIS TUTELAGE UNTIL THE APPOINTED TIME.
3. I believe the master teacher desires exclusivity of his young “Jesus Generation” for the express purpose of “PERFECTING” OUR IMPERFECTIONS PRIVATELY, THAT COULD ONE DAY EMBARASS HIM, AND EVEN US PUBLICALLY. OUR MISHAPS AND MISTAKES AS WE GROW, WILL BE “HIDDEN” THUS NOT CAUSING BLASPHEMY AND REPROACH TO GOD’S NAME AND COVENANT.
4. God silence says also says something specifically to the AMERICAN TEENAGER. In the mind of our “middle eastern” heavenly father, being an american teen is not filled with MORE complexities and temptations uncommon to teens all over the world ( 1 Cor. 10: 13). Maybe His SILENCE IS A UNIVERSAL “SIGN” OF EQUALITY REGARDING HIS MIND FOR ALL ADOLESCENTS….SIMPLICITY. That when a YOUNG PERSON lives their life “immersed” in PREPARATION and FOCUS like Jesus, that THE GRACE THAT WAS ON JESUS IN HIS TEEN YEARS, will be upon you and streamline you towards simplicity to chase only “ONE THING”….INTIMACY. SO LIKE YOUNG JESUS, WE MUST FOLLOW THE FATHER’S BUSINESS, NOT THE CARAVAN, OR THE CULTURE!
In conclusion, Jesus held down a carpentry business supporting his mom, & family. YET HE ALSO LAID BEFORE THE LORD, PRAYING, WEEPING AND CRYING OUT PURSUING HIS FACE. In the supposed “silent years” he wasn’t silent at all. He was birthing miracles and developing His anointing PRIVATELY. Building furniture and working an average “blue collar” job BY DAY, and praying and pursuing God by night. THEN ONE DAY, HIS TIME CAME, AND HE SIMPLY WALKED OUT WHAT HE SAW AND HEARD YEARS AHEAD OF TIME.
Now tell me….DO YOU WANT WHAT GOD HAS FOR YOU TO PRAY & PREP “YEARS” IN ADVANCE IF NEEDED? EVEN IF CRITICS SAY YOUR NOT REALLY ABOUT NOTHING? EVEN IF YOUR “SILENT” AND NOT A VOICE OF PROMINENCE? IS “PREPARATION” MORE VALUABLE & IMPORTANT TO YOU THAN POPULARITY? DO YOU REALLY WANT A “JESUS” MANTLE OF MIRACLES AND MINISTRY? THEN YOU MUST FOLLOW THE MASTER’S EXAMPLE OF TRUE SUCCESS. PREPARE PRIVATELY. GET READY, BECAUSE YOUR “BAPTISM IN THE JORDAN” IS COMING!! GET READY, SO WHEN YOUR TIME COMES, YOUR READY TO WALK OUT YOUR CALL AND DESTINY…
This is the CALL to a new Jesus Generation.