A Note to My Readers -
I've decided to remove my Sunday posts from the weekly cycle. Although I hope they've been of benefit to some of you, they are necessarily secondary to my regular work of sermon preparation each week. I've found that having that extra post to write simply added to the burden of my work. For those readers who would still like access to my weekly work in Scriptural exposition, I would ask them to access the podcasts of my sermons (available through a link in the sidebar), since that remains the primary form of my Bible teaching each week.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

95 Theses, #39: Jesus' Human Development

 To see the introduction and disclaimers for my 95 Theses, first go to: 95-Theses-Introduction

 (Painting: "St. Joseph the Carpenter," by Georges de la Tour, c. 1640, oil on canvas)

39.) Jesus as a Developmental Being (Fully Human and Kenotically Divine) - Little is known about Jesus’ childhood, youth, and early adulthood, outside of a few hints from Luke’s Gospel. Those hints tell us a few things—Jesus was aware, at the least, of a special relationship with God the Father, such as no one else had. But Luke also tells us that Jesus “grew in wisdom and knowledge.” Though this might be too sparse a description to read much theological meaning into, it does seem to suggest that Jesus experienced a real human childhood—learning from his parents, learning about the world, and only gradually awakening to the knowledge of who he really was. No doubt he would have worked with Joseph his father, learned a trade, and entered into the cultural life of his village—a firm example of God saying his Yes to human culture, family life, and work. These reflections also lead us to a kenotic theology—that Jesus, though being indeed “fully God,” emptied himself of certain divine prerogatives, and perhaps even of the full awareness of certain divine attributes during his earthly life.

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