Theme: THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING IN THE SERVICE OF GOD
Text: “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him, And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.” – Luke 2:40,47.
Comment: Jesus Christ’s declaration, as recorded in Luke 4:18, was a fulfilment of the prophecy in Isaiah 61:1 concerning Him, that the spirit of God was upon Him, “to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised”.
Endowed with the Holy Spirit without measure, God made Christ to wax strong in spirit, as he exhibited rare depth of knowledge and understanding for the things of God. – John 3:34.
He perfectly understood God, and he spared no effort to diligently pursue the purpose for which he was sent: In John 10:11-15, He asserted that he is the good Shepherd, affirming his willingness to volunteer as the sacrificial lamb. (Isaiah 6:8). He did not allow any distraction to sway him from that divine course. (Matthew 4:8-10; 15:23). He agreed, not only to die for our sins but to be humiliated in the process, and, finally, submitting himself to die the death of an accursed person. – Deuteronomy 21:23; Hebrews 2:9. Isaiah 53:2-5.
Jesus Christ displayed a profound understanding of human nature. He knew what it was to grieve as a human. (Luke 11:35, 38). Ultimately, His understanding brought him glory. (Philippians 2:8-11) St. Paul says: “Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” – 1 Corinthians 14:20.