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Jesus miracles cliparts, preaching in the temple to adults. The Bible tells us, “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’d be in my Father’s house?’ But they did not understand what He was saying to them.”
This is the only story in the gospels about Jesus between His infancy and His public ministry as a man. The main teaching of this passage from Luke is that Jesus now recognizes His unique sonship to God, and that His mission will require of Him a devotion of God’s purposes so great that it takes precedence over family ties. He must follow His calling, even if it brings pain and misunderstanding. In this way, Luke sets the stage for the adult ministry of the Son of God.
One of the methods Jesus used to communicate His message was through parables. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Sometimes His teachings were quite simple, but other times they required much thought and introspection. When Jesus started telling parables to the people, His disciples asked the obvious question, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” . Jesus’ answer to them was quite revealing.
“Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven…but to them it has not been given …And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive, for the heart of the people has grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their heart and turn, so that I should heal them”.
Unwillingness on the part of the people to receive Jesus’ message of the kingdom was the reason that He taught in parables. The truths of the kingdom of God were heard by them but not understood. It was not because God was hiding the truth from them – it was because they did not want to hear.
After Jesus was baptized, He lived in the desert without food or drink for 40 days, where He was heavily tempted by Satan. During those 40 days when Jesus’ flesh was at its weakest, He endured relentless temptation by the enemy. He offered Jesus alternatives to God’s plan, compromises that would satisfy His natural desires, and attacks upon His very identity as Son of God. Jesus used the word of God, not His own strength to defeat those temptations and remain victorious over sin. He demonstrated for us that fasting can strengthen us spiritually when we use it to draw closer to God. This inaugurated His public ministry. Matthew 4:1 says that Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness. This testing time prepared Him for the three-year ministry that would change the world.
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