As an actor, playwright and author, it’s important for me to know many details about a character. I like to know where they lived – what was happening in his world – what was the political climate – what does the script say about the character – what do others think of that person – does he have any unusual habits or idiosyncrasies? What was the costume of the era? There are so many facets of a human being that affect who they are and how they come across to others.
In Jesus’ case, we have a whole segment of his life which remains unknown. From the time He remained at the temple to teach the scholars about the scriptures until the day of His baptism by John the Baptist, we have lost 18 years of his growing into a man. We can make some judgments based on the history at that time. We can speculate. We can make our own story. We can go to the scriptures, as He did, and realize that during those years of growing in strength and stature and becoming well liked by those He met, are all we need to know about those missing years.
For Mary, she was pondering every detail in her heart. Storing them away for future recollection. I think about my first born child and the baby book that included every detail of her birth – her length and weight, the color of her eyes, hair or lack of it, her first steps, gifts she received at her birth – first medical exam and countless other details. However as time went on, and motherhood took over, the comments in that book became fewer and further apart. With each of our three children, the details were left to memory alone, because there simply wasn’t time to chronicle everything.
We don’t always fill in the blanks of a life. Sometimes there are memories of special events or funny situations – unusual happenings and areas of concern, but for the most part, our growing up years can be quite uneventful. It is my belief that Jesus was and still is the true Son of God – but also true man without sin. He had miraculous powers, but He didn’t abuse them. He had great compassion for those He came into contact with and put no one on a different level than another. He showed anger, pain, frustration, patience, calm, peace and every emotion known to man, yet He never fell into sin. He was the perfect example of how we should live as servants, encouragers, inspirers, teachers, leaders in the workplace, at home and within our own country.
This study is merely a character analysis, in light of the events happening during Jesus’ time as a man. There may be some speculation included from time to time, but I in no way wish to alter the truth of God’s Holy Word. Come with me as we take a walk back in time and try to discover more about the Savior of mankind and His time.
The story began when man felt the need to be on a par with God – way back at the beginning of time. Disobedience led to sin and distanced man from God. Jesus was sent to take on human flesh, become our brother, live among us and deliver us from our sins. The story will never end. Our relationship with God has been restored through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Through Him alone our salvation has been won.