What Jesus Did! 'He Grew Up!' — Luke 2:39-40

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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Joseph and Mary finished doing all the things that the law of the Lord commanded. Then they went home to Nazareth, their own town in Galilee. The little boy (Jesus) was growing. He became stronger and wiser. God's blessings were with him.
— Luke 2:39-40 NLT
Illustration of Luke 2:39-40 NLT —  God's blessings were with him.

Key Thought

Think how amazing these statement are. God came to visit our world in Jesus, but first, Jesus had to be born and grow up. It boggles the mind. The amazing part of this passage is not that God placed his favor on Jesus, but that he favored us by choosing to share our human experiences. Amazing! And why did he do it? So we could know that he has been where we are and that we would call out to him to help us in our times of struggle, weakness, vulnerability, and temptation.

Today's Prayer

I praise you, LORD God Almighty, for choosing to come live among us as one of us. Thank you for being so gracious and glorious to us, your human children. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 2:14-16
  • Hebrews 4:14-16
  • Luke 18:15-17

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.