The boy Jesus (Sweet repeat from April 18, 2018)

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”  Colossians 1:16 NKJV

Have you wondered about the boy Jesus?  I’m positive you have.   

The Bible doesn’t tell us much about His early years.  We learn about His birth, being a carpenter’s son, going to the Temple and interacting with the Rabbis, and that’s about it. 

What was Jesus like as a kid?  I’ve pondered this question many times.  Take the fact that Joseph, who I like to call His adopted dad, worked as a carpenter.  It’s hard for me to wrap my little brain around the fact that Jesus is not a created being.  He always existed.  He just left His home, visited earth for thirty-three years, and returned home. 

In the beginning Jesus created EVERYTHING.  Nothing exists that He did not create.  The Bible uses God and Jesus interchangeably in several verses, including the creation story, which is a subject for another devotional. 

Think about this:  Jesus, maker of the universe, worked as a carpenter’s son.  He made the entire universe and perhaps constructed a wooden chair.  The whole idea blows my mind.  It seems like such a paradox, but instead it’s absolutely true!   

How did He as a boy interact with His siblings?  Better yet, what did His siblings think of Him?  Was Jesus the best player ever at Hide and Seek?  Did He own a pet–perhaps a dog named Moses?  You get the picture.  

I know these kinds of questions may seem a little crazy, but they have occurred to me.  I suspect you have thought of such things, too.  If you haven’t, you will now.  

How do you think of Jesus?

Prayer:  Dear God, may we never lose sight of who Jesus is.  Thank you for the humility He displayed in coming to earth to teach us, and for the sacrifice He made to redeem us.  In His holy name we pray.  Amen

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