“In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—”
Hebrews 2:10-11, 14 NIV
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.”
Hebrews 4:15 NIV
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man;
I Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
It says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that there is nothing out the ordinary happening to you. Everyone has all these temptations in common. Peter and James tell us not to be surprised at the events that transpire in this life. Anything can happen.
And of course, the same is true of Jesus. He was tempted in every way, just like you.
“Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.”
Psalm 22:9-10 NIV
“I was cast on you from birth”. Apparently, Jesus had no one to turn to but His Father. Even from infancy, He had to trust Him. Herod, the flight to Egypt, etc. As you recall, his parents didn’t have allot going for them when they got back to Nazareth.
Sometime I’d like for you to read John 9. Jesus takes the dust of the earth and creates a new pair of eyes for a man born blind! If you’ll read the story, you’ll see when I quote the vs listed below, there is no doubt the fellow with the new eyes knew this was the same man, “the man they call Jesus”, the one that had healed him.
“Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.”
John 9:35-38 NIV
Jesus had to explain to the man that “I, the Man you see and are speaking with, I am the Son of God!” You kind of get the impression that:
“He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.”
Isaiah 53:2 NKJV
What was life like for Jesus while in Nazareth? The nation was occupied by Rome and they were being unfairly taxed besides the obligations they had to the Law of Moses. Being put out of the synagogue would ruin your life. False accusations, theft, being spitefully used, lied to, lied about. Despised and rejected by men. All the same things you have dealt with.
Here is how the Mind of Christ reacted to all this during His time there:
“But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Matthew 5:39-42, 44-48 NKJV
Jesus said My teaching is not my own, it comes from the Father. And what does the scripture declare concerning His life so far in Nazareth prior to His ministry?
“It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.””
Mark 1:9-11 NKJV
Apparently He was obedient to these things during His early life in Nazareth.
Jesus must have had it tough in Nazareth. He was the plain looking illegitimate son of an ordinary carpenter who was a descendant of a cursed royal bloodline. He’s made Himself of no reputation and is growing up and coming of age in a nation that is occupied by a Beast Power. Life was difficult for everyone. I’m sure He was treated pretty shabby by his fellow citizens there in Nazareth and was tempted probably in a worse way than anyone ever was! As you recall in Luke 4, these people weren’t a God fearing people and:
“He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”
Isaiah 53:3 NKJV
So, ask yourself. What is “The Mind of Christ”? What is an empty vessel? And more importantly, am I an empty vessel? How much room is left in this heart of mine for the Father to take up residence?
“For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
Isaiah 57:15 NIV
In the next segment, we’ll see in John 1 that Jesus came “Full of Grace and Truth”.
And hopefully get some more insight concerning “The Mind of Christ”.
To be continued…