EP22 John 21:25

What sparked this post is that I heard someone say that when Jesus was baptized by John in the river Jordan and God spoke, "This is my son in whom I am well pleased," that Jesus hadn't done any miracles yet. In conversation with family it was brought up that surely this guy who has title of pastor, he's on staff at the church, and was given access to the platform. Surely he just meant that no miracles of Jesus were recorded before this event. And maybe that is what he meant, but it simply can't be true that Jesus never performed a miracle before that baptism. I just want to cover a few places in the scripture where I get this idea from and why I'm convinced it's the case that he did perform miracles before this, privately at least.

In Luke 2 we find Mary, Joseph, and their whole family leaving town. If you've ever seen the movie Home Alone you can imagine what this was like. Mom, Dad, sisters, brothers, cousins, Uncles, Aunts, everybody buzzing around getting ready to go with luggage in tow. It's pandemonium and everybody can barely think straight much less probably even hear themselves think. The family heads out and Mom and Dad assume that their little boy is with them and probably just blending in with the rest of the family. Just like this Jesus pulls a Home Alone, he pulls a Kevin McAllister. Or I guess I should say that Kevin McAllister pulled a Jesus.

Mary and Joseph realize that Jesus isn't with them and go back to find Him. Jesus meanwhile, I can imagine, wakes up and thinks man everybody sure is sleeping in late, makes himself some breakfast, eats it and goes to wake up Mom and Dad only to find out they aren't there. Human panic probably kicks in at first that He's alone and then it probably dawned on him that He's alone meaning there's nobody to hold Him back from doing what he knows He's supposed to be doing.

Three days later, 12 year old Jesus has been without any family members basically alone for three days. Mary and Joseph find Jesus in the temple surrounded by doctors the King James says. This word is:

G1320 διδάσκαλος didaskalos did-as'-kal-os From G1321; an instructor (generally or specifically): - doctor, master, teacher.

it's an instructor, doctor, master, or teacher. He was hearing them and asking them questions and everyone that heard him was astonished at his intelligence and the questions he was asking. Mary rebukes Jesus and for putting her and Joseph through all this worry and making them come back to find him, and He answers her, "How come you had to come look for me? Didn't you know that I must be about my Fathers business?"

When we talked about John 1:1 we talked about what that business would be it's those things that Jesus read from the scroll in Luke 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,"

These are the things that were on the mind of twelve year old Jesus, how could that be your focus and not perform miracles?

On top of that if we look at the wedding in Cana where Jesus turns the water to wine, the miracle that is attributed as His first miracle His mother comes to Him and says they have no wine and Jesus says basically what am I going to do with you it's not time for my ministry to start. Obviously, or at least obviously to me, from this interaction Jesus has been performing miracles and Mary thinks it's high time He go public.

Now we have no record of Jesus performing any actual miracles before his baptism, but again we don't have a record of everything Jesus did. John 21:25 tells us that if we did record every miraculous work of Jesus then the world wouldn't be able to contain all the books that would be written.

What do you think? Is it possible for a twelve year old Jesus to be preoccupied with his Fathers business and not perform any miracles?

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