And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52
What did Jesus know as a young child? As He matured and as He taught, did He consider the many cultures in the future when choosing illustrations? Did He know that 2,000 years later, the twin towers would come down? Did He know, as men rode by on donkeys and on horseback, that men would one day board a spacecraft and visit the moon? Did the Great Physician know that one-day, life would be sustained artificially through breathing machines and feeding tubes?
Did Jesus fully remember living in heaven? Did He remember creating the earth? Did He remember the decision the Godhead made about Him coming to earth? Did He remember meeting Enoch and Elijah when they escaped death and were carried into heaven? Did He remember standing in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? If so, did He tell anyone about His past?
If He knew, as a man, as much as God knew, then when did He know it all? Was He born with the knowledge? As a baby, his limitations were similar to ours. He babbled and cried as an infant. He had to learn to speak as a toddler. He couldn’t have known all things in His infancy since He was unable to articulate them. Right? So did knowledge of the universe just come upon Him gradually as He matured? Did the Father tutor Him and reveal the full knowledge of God in its entirety? And if so, at what age was it complete?
In various conversations with others, Jesus’ wisdom about the kingdom appears vast. Did He draw from His wellspring of omniscience or, under the Father’s anointing, did God grant Him only snippets of divine insight?
God is omniscient and since Jesus was God, some argue that He had to know all things even though He was also a man. I don’t know the answers to these questions. Tthese are the mysteries of the kingdom that captivate believers. We are meant to ponder, and wonder, and explore. Amazement should never leave our faces. The wide-eyed curiosity of child-likeness lives with us in this life, and most certainly, in the next.
I love asking questions, Jesus. Amen
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Great questions but I guess no answers until we get to glory. Having questions is great. It makes me feel like I want to search more out…and the more in the Word, the better I am.