Why did God have to do it that way? Ever since Adam
sinned in the Garden of Eden, man had been separated from God
by his sin. So God needed a sinless man to pay the price for sinful
mankind. Only a man who was without sin could pay the
penalty for sinful man. God and man came together in one person
—Jesus Christ — in order to cut an unbreakable covenant
between God and man.
Jesus said that He would give Himself. “I’m the one. I
will become a man and pay the price for man’s sin so man can
have the choice to come back to the Father.” So the Word came
into the womb of a virgin, and nine months later Jesus came
forth just like a regular baby. Now, the baby Jesus didn’t fly
around the crib, you know! He had diapers. He had to cut His
baby teeth. He did all this and everything any other child would
Just think about Jesus’ boyhood. What was it like for
Him growing up in an ordinary family with brothers and sisters
and a mother and father? What was it like for them and for Him,
knowing that He had a supernatural mission, that He came from
heaven to the earth to die for the sin of mankind?
When Jesus was a young man, twelve years of age, He
and His family went to the temple in Jerusalem to pay their
taxes. Joseph and Mary were already heading home when they
realized He was missing. So, they went back to Jerusalem. They
found Him in the temple, discussing the things of God with the
priests. When they discovered Him they were angry, asking Him
where He had been. He said, “Did you not know that I must be
about My Father’s business?” (See Luke 2:49.)
Jesus knew what His mission was. Even as a young boy,
he knew He had to be about His heavenly Father’s business.
Somebody would say, “But Your father’s business is working in
the carpentry shop. What do You mean, You’re about Your
Father’s business?” The young Jesus had to live like a regular
human among regular people — all the while knowing He was
different — VERY— different!
What was it like for Him as a teenager? Imagine all the
pressures of growing up and coming to adulthood that teenagers
have. There must have been pressure that He faced when the
young girls showed interest in Him. The Bible tells us that Jesus
was tempted in all the ways that we are, yet He was without sin.
(See Hebrews 4:15.) If you look at history you will find that the
Jews during this time period would get married young. Many of
the young boys were trained in the family business by the age of
thirteen, and some of them had their wives chosen for them by
their parents years in advance.
You wonder what other people were thinking about Jesus.
“Maybe there is something wrong with Him. He shows no interest
in women.” When He was twentynine years old and not married, you can
understand why people might have thought there was something wrong
On top of that, Jesus kept talking about the fact that His kingdom
was not on this earth. Where did He come from? Was He from another planet?
He was not interested in political things and didn’t really care who was
in power. He had no hatred for anyone, including the government of the day.
He could have grown up with a chip on his shoulder because, when he
was just a toddler, all the little Hebrew boys in Bethlehem, twoyears-
old and younger, had been slaughtered by Herod — who
was trying to kill the “King of the Jews.” Yet Jesus never said,
“I’ll overthrow these Jewish traitors and Roman dogs. We’ll raise
up an army and take them out.” Not once did He ever mention it.
He must have seemed odd, different in many ways from His
brothers and sisters, and He was not interested in following His
earthly father’s footsteps either.
But all these pressures were forming Him and shaping
Him, preparing Him for the greatest mission ever known to man.
Jesus’ eternal purpose was greater than just what was happening