Matthew 3:13-17 (ESV)
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
In my daily Bible reading (how are yours going by the way? Keeping up? I encourage you – keep reading daily! Do it!), I came across this verse last week. It has been a very busy week so I haven’t shared much, but this sat on my mind the whole time.
What was the Father well pleased with? An interesting question – and one which reveals a lot more detail that I first thought about.
Was God pleased that Jesus was being baptised, to complete all righteousness? I am sure that is part of it no doubt, but just part. You see, we know that Jesus was about 30 at this time (Luke 3:23). And what did Jesus do all this time up to the age of 30?
We know Joseph, Mary’s husband, was a carpenter. There is a good chance Jesus spent some time then as a carpenter, and certainly spent time ‘in the workshop’ with Joseph.
We know Jesus had at least other brothers, so He was an older brother to them.
We know Jesus had a miraculous birth and moved around a little as a kid, and certainly had a ‘different’ upbringing to many kids of the time.
And yet, in all of these things, He did not sin. Jesus lived a perfect life through all of these things, through all of this time. I’ve hammered nails and hit my finger – and I am sure there are times I’ve bordered on sinning when this has happened – and yet Jesus never did. Jesus had younger siblings – as the father of 2 wonderful children, I know how they can act towards each other at times. And yet in this, Jesus never sinned. I also moved around a lot as a kid and had a ‘different’ upbringing to many, which sometimes caused me to be singled out by others. This no doubt happened to Jesus – and yet He never sinned.
In 30 years of ‘life’, Jesus never once put a foot wrong.
Let’s be honest, our lives are so caught up in sin and this world that going a day, let alone a week without sin is something that is sadly rare. And yet, in 30 years, Jesus did not sin once.
No wonder the Father was well pleased.
So when you read through the limited accounts of Jesus early life, remember this – there is much more we don’t see. Jesus didn’t just appear on the earth at 30, or jump from 3 to 30. He experienced this life, in all it’s fullness, for those 30 years, and lived it perfectly. So when we look the Gospels and see Jesus running around doing miracles and preaching – and wonder how that can relate to our lives, don’t be discouraged! Know this – in those 30 years, Jesus faced every temptation, and overcame. That is why He can be our perfect mediator before God the Father, because He has been there, He knows how hard it is, and He has overcome.
Hebrews 4:14-16 (ESV)
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.