“Get up,” the angel said [to Joseph in a dream]. “Herod will kill search for the child [Jesus] to kill him. Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother, and stay there until I tell you to return.” While it was still night, Joseph Jot up, took the child and his mother and left for Egypt. This fulfilled Hosea’s prophecy: I called my son out of Egypt (Matthew 2:13,14 Eyewitness).
Eyewitness: Matthew 2 and Luke 2 (Eyewitness pp. 29,30)
In your Bible: Matthew 2 and Luke 2
After the wondrous occasion of Jesus’ birth, God led this family to Egypt for safety. A few months before Jesus’ birth, a son was born to Zachariah and Elizabeth. He became Jesus’ famous cousin called John the Baptist.
Jesus in Nazareth
When King Herod died, Joseph took Mary back to a place called Nazareth in the hills of Israel. That fulfilled what the prophets had written. He will be called a Nazarene Matthew 3:23b Eyewitness).
Little is known about Jesus when he was young. This simple Scritpure sums it up! The child grew and became strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s grace was upon him (Luke 2:40 Eyewitness).
Jesus Did Grow Up Differently
- He had greater understanding of the human heart from the start – whereas other children are weak and have little understanding early on
- He was strong in the Spirit of God
- He was filled with wisdom – whereas most children concentrate on play
- Everything he did was wise and wisely said (beyond his years)
- He was obedient to his parents
Mary didn’t fully understand Jesus and all of his sayings. But she kept them in her heart and later the Sprit would show her.
Prayer: Father, thank you for reminding us Jesus was different, wise, aware, obedient, strong in the spirit, and wonderfully compassionate. Amazing You, You are.
Questions: What comes to your mind when you think of Jesus as he grew up? Would you ever believe he argued with his siblings?