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JESUS CHRIST: THE HIDDEN YEARS

The Hidden Years

For the first 30 years of His life, Jesus lived a life of solitude.  Nothing is known about His early years except when He was 12.  His parents journeyed to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover and were unaware He stayed behind when the feast ended.

I believe one of the main reasons God does not reveal the hidden years of Jesus’ life is to show us that He lived an ordinary, simple life like everyone else.  God does this so we can know that Jesus identifies the same routines, joys, and hardships of life that we experience.  This is how simple God is.  Otherwise, many would probably speculate supernatural things that Jesus did in His hidden years, instead of simply seeking God for who He is.

The hidden years of Jesus are an invaluable lesson for today.  Often, and unfortunately, His hidden years confuse many.  God remains silent and hidden in peoples’ lives because He desires each to know Him more from the heart, and less from the mind.  Sadly, too many people try to understand God with only their mind and come away disappointed.  They usually say, “If God is such a loving God, why does He permit so much suffering?” or “Why would a loving God send people to hell?”  They want to bring God down to their level, instead of permitting God to bring them up to His.  That is why God looks at the heart.

God reached down and became a human being (Jesus) and died on the cross for the sins of the world.  Through the human eye, this makes no sense.  Through the spiritual eyes of the heart, the cross makes perfect sense because the Holy Spirit speaks to the heart first.  God will not genuinely reveal Himself to those who search for Him with their minds.  Those who search for God with their hearts will be brought to the foot of the cross.  (II Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose hearts is completely His.)

The apostle Paul explains accurately the foolishness of the cross to the world.  I Corinthians 1:27-29 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.

God does indeed see all the sufferings of the world, including yours.  Being creator, He knows everything and wants you to know He understands the deepest pain and sufferings you go through.  He shows us by permitting His Son Jesus to suffer and die.  That is why Jesus can identify with your life.  With the exception of sin, Jesus has experienced (in one way or another) everything you have experienced or will experience.  After all, Jesus is God Himself in the flesh of a man.

Jesus went to school.  Jesus played with children.  Jesus got bumps and bruises like any child.  Jesus obeyed His parents.  He cried.  He got a job.  He paid bills.  He had friends.  He played.   He sang.  Much more can obviously be added to what Jesus did growing up, but the point is made.  With the exception of sin, Jesus is just as human as you and me.  He clearly understands how we feel.  He has lived it.  Can you relate this truth to your life?  Remember also that Jesus rose from the dead.  He lives forever and desires you to join Him.

Because Jesus is so human in His solitary life, many gloss over this importance.  I pray you will not.  I pray you are able to see the riches of Jesus’ solitary life until He began public ministry at age 30.  The simplicity of Jesus is so obvious, but remains hidden because many Christians prefer to see Jesus more as the supernatural God.  They purposely gloss over His ordinary life as a man.  Jesus is God and will always be God, but for many Jesus is just too human.  Is Jesus too human for you?  Do you only want to see a supernatural God in Jesus?  I pray you choose wisely.

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Jesus is God and will always be God,

but for many Jesus is just too human.

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The solitary life of Jesus is a splendid introduction to the public life of Jesus.  Jesus’ solitary life was very intimate with His Father.  He was focused and always in union with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  This is God in three distinct persons.  (This is called the doctrine of the Trinity.)

We see this intimate fellowship overflowing into His public life.  One thing noticeable in the four gospels is that Jesus often slipped away privately to be in fellowship and prayer with the Father.  This type of heart fellowship with God is how God shares His love through us to others.  Our own solitary life with God is just as important as Jesus exemplified.  Jesus sets the outstanding example for us to follow.

In Jesus’ public ministry and life, it was always God the Father doing the speaking, the listening, the teaching, and the touching through Jesus the man.  We see Jesus exemplifying this dozens of times in the gospel of John.  “It is the Father who sent me….

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4 thoughts on “JESUS CHRIST: THE HIDDEN YEARS

  1. I can definitely relate to the quite and solitude as God works out His plan. Love this article!

  2. Thanks.
    Christ in us be glorified.

  3. I like your article. Yes I can identify with the humanity of JESUS! but what’s important to me is He identifies with me in spite of who I am.

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