Luke 2:40 “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.” Luke 2:52 “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”
Some may read this and think… Jesus Grew? Jesus was taught? How? We just read a few chapters ago that He was God! How can God grow? How can God learn? Even though He was God, Jesus took on the form of flesh. He retained his divine nature, but He did accept the physical, mental and spiritual limitations of man. This was so He could truly understand us. Just as Jesus “grew”, each of us are in need of growth. Areas of our lives are in constant need of improvement. Jesus understood this and as a young man, he himself strived to be better in these areas.
1. Jesus Grew in Stature (Luke 2:52). Jesus Grew Physically.
Jesus grew from 2ft to 3ft to 4ft to 5ft… He Grew. He knew what it was like to not be able to play in the play land, to be too big for the little kids, but too small for the big kids… He Grew. Jesus had hair issues, acne issues, smell issues, weight issues. He Grew. Jesus outgrew clothes, shoes, furniture… He Grew. Jesus experienced 1st grade… 5th Grade… 7th Grade… 9th Grade… 10th Grade… 12th Grade. He Grew.
2. Jesus Grew in Spirit (Luke 2:40). Jesus “grew up”.
He did not just have a good spirit, He “waxed strong in spirit”. He had a strong spirit. Jesus Loved the Unlovable. He didn’t turn his back on those who were hard cases, he didn’t spurn those who spurned him, he didn’t look down on those less fortunate than he… Jesus loved them. Not just with the God and Saviour love, but with a compassion. HE GREW.
3. Jesus Grew in Sense (Luke 2:52). Jesus Grew Mentally.
Many in our day grow physically, but never increase in wisdom. This can be so true listening to interviews of athletes… WOW. So big, so talented, so athletic, so physical… but so weak mentally. Jesus could not increase his divine nature, but in his human nature he built thereon, and HE GREW!
4. Jesus Grew Socially (Luke 2:52). Jesus Grew Socially as a Follower.
Jesus pointed people to the Father. He made sure to reference and refer others to the Father in every opportunity. He made God the Father the social spotlight. When Jesus was magnified, He made sure to give that light to the Lord. HE GREW.