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The Humanity of Jesus - the making of a Perfect Man

Luke 2:39-52, Peter Milsom, September 9, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • Jesus grew in wisdom, stature and favour with God and men
  • Do you like special events?
    • Our life is often routine/ordinary
    • Jesus' life between 12-30 was spent in ordinary life
      • (We know a lot about His Ministry between 30-33)
    • Nazareth was not a special place
    • The Humanity of Jesus - the making of the Man
      • This is encouraging to us
      • In our ordinary/routine lives, job, retirement or caring role - think of the Lord Jesus

Jesus grew physically

  • v40 - strong & v52 - stature
  • His growing body gave Him opportunity to use His body in ways to live for God
  • Personal example of growth
  • He has grown into a man
  • He was learning the lessons of everyday life
    • To read and write
    • To be educated
    • To learn languages
    • To attend the Synagogue and Temple
    • He had not attended 'University' or Rabbinical teaching
    • But He learnt by listening and asking questions
      • Do we as Christians ask questions?

Jesus grew in wisdom and character

  • What was His character?
  • Quote from James regarding wisdom
    • Jesus was pure
    • Jesus was peace loving
    • Jesus was considerate
    • Jesus was submissive
    • Jesus was full of mercy
    • Jesus was impartial
    • Jesus was sincere
  • Jesus had all these in growing measure
  • Jesus was about His Father's business/things
    • Explanation of this
    • Quote
  • Do we have a compulsion to be about the Father's business?
  • Jesus returned to Nazareth and His role as carpenter
    • He knew the ups and downs of a working life
    • Yet He was still about His Father's business
    • He is honouring His parents
    • He was caring for His family
      • Did Joseph die?
      • He was caring for His mother
    • Often the everyday things that we think little of are significant

Jesus grew in favour with God and men

  • There were people who criticised Him
  • Quote from Proverbs
  • In favour with men and then in favour with God
    • God's hand/blessing was upon Him
    • We need the blessing of God upon our lives

Conclusion - The Humanity of Jesus

  1. It helps us to understand the Father's declaration of Jesus at His Baptism - "I am well pleased with You"
    • Explanation
  2. It helps us to understand who it was on the cross
    • Explanation
  3. His righteousness is counted as ours when we trust in Him
    • Explanation
  4. It means we have a sympathetic high priest
    • Explanation

Concluding Remarks

Sermon Passage:

Luke 2:39-52

39And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. 40And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. 41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 44But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 47And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 49And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? 50And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. 51And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (KJV)

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