Jesus must not be enjoying Egyptian bath time. Seems a good time to look at Jesus being young, just as this is still a New Year. Jesus is far, far, far from being a mere god we must always seek. Jesus is God who dwells within - knowing He is invited. And unlike the drawing, Jesus has come far, far to be dwelling among men. Zechariah and John the Beloved Disciple refer to Jesus being the Light of mankind, Light of the world. His Father would agree in Genesis 1.
Our first account of Jesus outside of Genesis 1 is more in line with the favor of God. Jesus is, we know, the exact representation of His Father. Jesus tells us when we see God, we see Jesus.
C'mon think about this.
The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,
or the first of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the children of man.
And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.
And when would the face of God not be as filled with delight. Perhaps when the Prodigal son came asking for what was not his. Wanting separation. When a Father is called up on to set the path straight.
God has gone to amazing lengths to be part of our lives and paths.
Genesis has a quote for something exactly like this ~ the lengths Jesus has gone to to be in God's plan.
1 So Israel took his journey with all that he had
Jesus is recorded during Baptismal services today with the interactions Jesus has with people and water.
Being obedient to God to be Baptized and the pleasure of His Father announcing "Jesus is His Beloved Son - listen to Him."
Jesus being God knowing how healing the man at the Pool of Bethesda is going to go. The man had not asked to be healed per se, but Jesus was there and 38 years were healed.
Jesus did not quit for the man wanting to be on the side of the questioners at the Temple, Jesus was known to go to the Town of Bethsaida and to heal using His saliva and mud - sending the formerly blind man to the Pool of Siloam - sent - sent to be healed.
Jesus used saliva again and the man who was blind now said he saw trees walking instead of men. Jesus grabbed hold of the man again and the man could see.
Jesus walked on water, once perhaps teasing the disciples that He intended just to pass by, but when Peter needed Him - Jesus immediately helped Peter. Peter probably never forgot what it felt like to walk on water with the help of Jesus. Firmly back in the boat. And seeing Jesus calm the storm by His Word.
Let us all remember to thank Jesus for being sealed by the Name and Grace and Mercy of Jesus.
Father God, Abba,
Take and seal us forever sealed in Jesus Christ, in our souls. Extend Your love and mercy to those we love and our our prayer requests for the people You give us. We trust all of our cares up to You. For those nearby, far away up to the Nation and the prayers of all those around the world.
In Jesus. Amen.
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