Consider His Age

Luke 3:23 NASB
“When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years old, being, as was commonly held, the son of Joseph, the son of Eli,” (Emphasis is mine)

One of the most difficult things to convey to someone else who has not studied the words that Jesus said, or pondered the truths that Jesus conveyed, is the wisdom and insights that Jesus possessed. There are times when I forget how young Jesus was when He started His ministry and I forget the age that He was, when He died for us on the cross. Jesus was young, by any standard.

When I recollect how much I understood at the age of 30, even though I was married and my wife and I had children of our own by that time, in hindsight, I do have to marvel at the wisdom that Jesus possessed, as compared to myself. Of course, now that I am 76, I still marvel because, if anything, my ability to comprehend more of what Jesus talked about and better appreciate how He interacted with people, is enhanced because of life lessons that living this long has shown me and of course, my studies in God’s Word, over the years.

There are still times when the words that Jesus spoke just stop me in my tracks and tears fill my eyes. Who can forget when Jesus was talking to Martha about Lazarus having died as recorded in John chapter 11, when Jesus said in verses 25 and 26 “Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; the one who believes in Me will live, even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (Emphasis is mine) Or how about when Philip was asking Jesus to show them the Father and Jesus replied as record in John 14:9 “Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (Emphasis is mine)

Who else but Jesus would even think to say something like that or who else would even dare? And those are but two statements that Jesus made. Two. There are many many more. And we are told, that the words that are recorded, are just but a small fraction of the truths that He revealed (John 21:25). People marvelled at the words that Jesus spoke because He spoke with authority and as having first hand knowledge (Luke 4:32). All this at the ripe old of age of 30 to 33. 

And not only did Jesus comprehend all that had taken place before His earthly arrival, especially as it pertained to the ordinances of God for the nation of Israel throughout their history, but Jesus even had the audacity to take it a step further, by saying all those statements beginning with , “but I say unto you  . . .”.  Again, at the ripe old age of 30 to 33.

How do you convey His wisdom and heavenly insights to someone who has never taken the time to really look at what Jesus said? And how do you also associate those spoken revelations with what Jesus actually did, like the healings and controlling the weather, or walking on water or ascending up into the clouds before the very eyes of those who gave first hand eye witness to what they had actually seen and heard. 

And then of course, we have the resurrection of Jesus. If that would not push one into the believing crowd, after the cruelty and the finality of being crucified, nothing would. But consider Thomas, who inadvertently (I say this with tongue in cheek because I strongly suspect that God distinctly planned it this way) missed out on the initial appearances of Jesus to His disciples. Who can forget the words that Thomas spoke as recorded in John 20:28, when he too witnessed the risen Christ: “Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”.  (Again, emphasis is mine) Talk about one of those “you’d have to be there moments”! The birth of the Christian Church didn’t happen because of “new” teachings or a different philosophical perspective that “someone” had put together, we’re talking about a man who claimed to be the Son of God, who spoke like the Son of God, who did things that only God could do and who said He would be killed and would rise again from the dead after three days and then He actually did it! Yes, that’s what gave birth to the Christian Church! God with us, in the flesh, died for our sins, rose again from the dead, reconciling us to the Father. And yes, that is definitely the good news which the “Gospel” speaks of!

And then, just to make things even more interesting, while Jesus was saying and doing all these things at the ripe old age of 30 to 33, He Himself never actually wrote down any of His teachings or wrote down actions that He had done. No need to, the Holy Spirit of Christ, the promised Comforter, would take care of this, after the fact. (John 14:26) I don’t know about you, but that would seem to be contrary to how an ordinary human might think, I would say, unless of course, that individual wasn’t only human, but was also, God in the flesh and God’s only begotten Son.

And then, last, but definitely not least, we have the words spoken by Jesus Himself where He is quoted as saying the following: 16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him. 18 The one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light; for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light, so that his deeds will not be exposed. 21 But the one who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds will be revealed as having been performed in God.”(John 3:16-21)

All of this, all of it, at the age of 30-33 years. Tell me this isn’t amazing!

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

9 comments

  1. Too easily we see our Jesus as the Divine Son of God, and rightly so. But in this we forget His brief humanity and His young age. As you rightly point out Bruce, if we ponder Him in the light of His humanity it is utterly awesome. How could any mere man do and say such things? Only our Lord and Saviour, the all together most Lovely One could do it – Hallelujah!

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    • Hi Annie, I agree. I’ve always kinda hoped that would be covered in the “then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” aspect. Some how, I strongly suspect, that we’ve only barely scratched the surface at knowing the beauty of our Lord. Blessings!

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  2. I can’t believe I never thought about how young Jesus was during His earthly ministry. Just one more thing pointing to why He HAD to be God! (You have to be over 65 to understand this:) Blessings, Bruce!

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