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When did Jesus realize He must be the Son of God, or did He always feel that way, do you think? I find it hard to imagine what He must have felt like, especially if He always knew He was going to be put to death for our sins.


The Bible doesn’t tell us much about Jesus’ boyhood–but even the one glimpse we have of him as a boy tells us that He was already aware of His unique status as God’s Son, sent from heaven to die for our sins.

The incident occurred when Jesus was 12. Mary (His mother) and Joseph took Him to Jerusalem for Passover, one of the annual Jewish feasts. Mary and Joseph were devout people, and apparently made the long trip from Nazareth every year. No doubt they had spent many hours with Jesus at home, teaching Him from God’s Word and sharing with Him the uniqueness of His birth.

On this occasion, they became separated from Jesus. When they found him several days later, He was in the Temple listening to the teachers and asking them questions about God’s Word. He told them, “Why were you searching for me? Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49). The Bible then adds, “Then he went down to Nazareth. … And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:51-52).

Never forget that Jesus was God in human flesh, from the moment of His miraculous conception. And because He was God as well as man, He was able to be the one final sacrifice for our sins. Have you received Him into your heart, and do you thank Him every day for His love?

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  1. Jeff eddens says:

    Day one

  2. David says:

    I was raised in a secular home. I am 85 and just now looking at Christianity. Why should I buy that and not some other philosophy?

    1. BGEA says:

      We’re so glad that God is stirring your heart, and we’re sure you have questions. Please visit to talk with a member of our team online.

  3. Hope Duchaine says:

    I am refreshing myself in the Lord’s teachings (after a long pause); I haven’t lost my Faith completely. I am now in a Bible study group. Will God still forgive me for straying?

    1. Jordan says:

      Hey Hope! Not sure if my last comment posted or not, but I encourage you to read
      Luke 15:11-32 and Romans 5:8. Hope that helps 🙂

  4. troy Woolery says:

    Jesus was God in the flesh, God’s spirit could not enter his fleshly body until his fleshly body could understand. Only by becoming flesh could he understand the weakness of the flesh. The fleshly body must die to give up the spirit. We need the spirit of God to guide and protect our own spirit in life of flesh and spirit. In both we are powerless against the enemy and his demons.

  5. Wick says:

    Jesus had to learn from his mother who he was.

  6. Joshua Traffanstedt says:

    This is for the comment previous to mine.. actually, if you relied on your faith and prayer from others for a serious illness, you will die. Scientists have done studies on prayer and found that it has no affect on terminal patients. They had a group that weren’t told they were being prayed for, but they died at the same rate as the patients that weren’t being prayed for. Then they told other patients they were being prayed for, and they actually gave up hope when they realized prayer was not working, and died faster than normal. So put down science all you’d like, but when push comes to shove, you better go see a doctor.

    1. Aki says:

      If it is proven that the patients that felt prayer didn’t work “gave up hope” and died faster, wouldn’t that mean that the opposite could be true? If they believed that the prayer could save them, wouldn’t they have at least died slower? I agree that a DR is a smart thing to do when you’re sick, but if we are all made by God, then the DR is too. And going to a DR is just a way of using what God has given us.

  7. Patricia Battaglia says:

    How is one to know when an act is in the holy name or in man’s hands? Example: I have an illness and if i left it to God to cure me or to have man save my life? Would i die without man’s medication or leave it to my faith and depend on God to heal me?

    1. BGEA says:

      God may intervene to heal people without the aid of medicine, but nowhere does the Bible urge us to reject medical treatment. God has given us the ability to develop modern medical treatments, and we should see them as a gift from His hand.

      It’s interesting that Luke, who wrote two major books in the New Testament (Luke and Acts), was a physician. Luke witnessed a number of miracles while traveling with the Apostle Paul, and he realized that they came from God’s hand. But he never rejected the use of his medical skills, knowing God could use them to bring healing.

      That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pray when people are sick and ask God to heal them. Sometimes God answers our prayers for healing by intervening and restoring our health. He wants us to have a strong faith and hears our prayers when we trust in Him. Prayer also shows that we are relying on Him.

      Ultimately, our lives are in God’s hands, and even when He uses medicine to bring about a person’s healing, He should get the credit. The Bible is clear: “From the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death” (Psalm 68:20).

      Pray that God will give you wisdom as you seek healing. Pray that God will help you focus on Him and not just on physical ills. Most of all, thank God that when we know Christ, we know that someday all the pains and heartaches of this life will be over, and we will be with Him in heaven forever.

  8. Eliberto says:

    I think he knew all along who he was but because he was a child he had to carry himself like a child to show us how to be also! In every move he made if you notice he gives us examples of himself! So he must’ve known who he really was! ☘

  9. Gloria says:

    Why don’t we know anything about god. How did it all start ? It doesn’t make sense

    1. BGEA says:

      Gloria, this would be a great place to start:

  10. Joyce Schaal says:

    Mary, probably told him that he was special, I don’t believe she knew the “Full Account”. And, Jesus had the Holy Spirit, whereas, he knew many things. I don’t believe he really knew his mission till he went into the wilderness.