In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1:1.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. John 1:14.
Jesus is the Word according to John 1:1. The Word took flesh in the womb of a virgin over 2,000 years ago. Although the beautiful text and narratives of the gospel do not completely tell us about the early years of Jesus, but what we know for sure is the fact that this newly born Child (who will be named Jesus) is completely God and completely human throughout and after his life on Earth. God had allowed himself to be born of a Virgin for the mission of redeeming the creatures He made in His own image and likeness.
This article tells the summary of the early years of the Infant King, the lover of mankind and the saviour of the world.
The Archangel Gabriel was sent by God to the purest of God’s creature to announce her as the mother of His only begotten son. The angel began by saying;
Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.
The young girl who received this great tidings is Mary. With Humility, Mary gave a 100% yes by saying:
I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.
Luke 1: 38
Just immediately after she consented to God’s plan of salvation, the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and the conception of Jesus took place instantly. God entered the womb of Mary to live there for 9 months before His birth on earth. Although Mary was betrothed to Joseph during this time, she knew no man and faithfully remained a virgin.
Mary visits her relative Elizabeth since she had already been told by Angel Gabriel that her cousin Elizabeth is 6 months pregnant.
And I tell you this too: your cousin Elizabeth also, in her old age, has conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month.
Inside the womb of both women were Jesus (in Mary’s womb) and John the Baptist (in Elizabeth’s womb). Mary greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped for joy and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Some scholars will tell you that “the leap of Joy by John in the womb of Elizabeth signified John’s baptism”.
In a loud voice Elizabeth exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
Elizabeth made the comments on Luke 2:6-7 under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
The Roman Emperor at that time, Caesar Augustus decreed that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. Every person had to go to their own town to be register. Because Joseph belonged to the house and line of David, he and his pregnant spouse Mary went up to Bethlehem, the town of David. Bethlehem is in the land of Judah.
When the time came for the baby to be born, she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Wise Men from the east came to visit the infant King. Upon their arrival, they saw the Child with his Mother Mary. They knelt down and worshiped the infant Jesus. (Jesus remained God at every point of his physical existence even while He was in the womb of the virgin and His death on the cross). Next, they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:1-12
Mary and Joseph consecrated the baby Jesus to the Lord in the temple by offering a sacrifice as the law required. They took along a pair of doves or two young pigeons because they were poor.
Moved by the Holy Spirit, Simeon went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Herod planned to kill the infant Jesus but meanwhile, Jesus, Mary and Joseph had fled to Egypt because they had already been notified of Herod’s evil intentions. Herod ordered the killing of all children who were 2 years and below.
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
“A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
These children were the first martyrs of Jesus Christ because they sacrificed their life for the sake of the Baby Jesus. These young martyrs are sometimes called the souls of the Holy innocence.
After the death of Herod, Jesus, Mary and Joseph returned to the land of Israel and went to the district of Galilee where they settled in a town called Nazareth, bringing to fufillment the prophesy that Jesus will be called a Nazarene.
And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.
When Jesus was 12 years old, He and his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover since it was a yearly custom for the Jews. On their way back, they discovered his absence from the group. Mary and Joseph went back to Jerusalem to look for Jesus but will only find Him in the temple after 3 days of search.
After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
He was completely obedient to Mary and Joseph all through his earthly life. He learnt to work with his foster father Joseph as a carpenter.
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