Jesus endured Puberty

process, transformation

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The best model for living in process and gleaning the most of the journey?

Jesus.

On the earth, Jesus lived in process.

For he had to learn how to live as fully human. Something he had never experienced until he was born in this world. He laid down his divinity when he became a man. Thus, he faced temptations just like you and I. Yet, he never gave in to the temptations.

Why? He knew he was the son of God. And he choose daily to remain connected to the Father (eating from the tree of life) instead of doing things on his own (eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil).

Because of his obedience, we are able to walk in divinity while clothed in humanity.

What was some of his temptations?

Every temptation.

He suffered and endured every test and temptation, so that he can help us every time we pass through the ordeals of life. (Hebrews 2:18 TPT)

What if Jesus came down to the earth as a thirty-three year old man? He didn’t go through the birthing process, come out of Mary’s womb? He didn’t endure physical growing pains, skipped puberty, and didn’t have to graduate into a man?

What if he came down to the earth just to go to the cross. Die. Then resurrect.

He avoided process to march straight to the cross?

Could he have fully known what living as a human was like?

  • How to mature from a child to a man?
  • How to endure Satan’s temptations?
  • How to face persecution, rejection, and loss?

He needed to experience every aspect of humanity from the womb, birth, puberty, then manhood.

Since all his “children” have flesh and blood, so Jesus became human to fully identify with us. He did this, so that he could experience death and annihilate the effects of the intimidating accuser who holds against us the power of death. By embracing death Jesus sets free those who live their entire lives in bondage to the tormenting dread of death…This is why he had to be a Man and take hold of our humanity in every way. (Hebrews 2:14, 17 TPT)

Because he’s our role model, he’s qualified to serve as our intercessor to the Father. For he knows what we’re enduring as humans in a fallen world.

And Father God knows how to help us. For he experienced his son mature, die, then resurrect.

So, as you’re believing God to see the fulfillment of your call and experience the fullness of his promises, open up to Jesus.

He knows what the journey is like — every step. He knows how difficult it is to stand strong on God’s Word in face of disappointment, rejection, fear, and persecution through the journey. And how to reach his destination. He also knows the Father’s heart for you.

So, go to him when you’re tempted. Fearful. Tormented. He has felt what you feel right now. He understands and listens. And he knows exactly how to share your struggle to the Father.

Do you know that the act of learning to rely on Jesus and growing in relationship with him are as important as reaching your destination? Because in process, he reveals, like the potter to the clay, who you really are.

So, who are you?

A manifestation of Jesus.

“But we are a colony of heaven on earth as we cling tightly to our Life-Giver, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our humble bodies and transfigure us into the identical likeness of his glorified body. And using his matchless power, he continually subdues everything to himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21 TPT)

Really, that’s our ultimate destination.

What can you do to rely more on Jesus than on yourself? Please share in Comments below? Thank you. 

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