Luke, the physician, who was not one of the 12 chosen
by Christ as one of His 12 apostles, seems to have the fullest account of the young Jesus. He begins in chapter two of his
book in the Bible, in Jerusalem, where Joseph and Mary, Jesus’ earthly parents, had gone to be taxed as part of a census.
No room in the inn, was
not unusual. The small town was in no way prepared for so many people coming at once. And the Bible says no room in the
inn. It may have been the only inn, in Bethlehem in those years. So don’t fault the innkeeper!
He was born there, "And the child grew, and
waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him" (Luke 2:40). He may have been considered
precocious…exceptionally smart…even in his early days and years.
When he was 12, Joseph and Mary took the child as they made an annual
visit to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover, where Jesus’ Godly understanding astonished religious leaders "at
His understanding and answers." And Jesus "increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man"
Mary, the mother
of Jesus, had four sons besides him…James, Joses, Simon and Judas…as well as daughters who were not counted
in those days (Matt. 13:55-56).
When Jesus was about 30, Mary was 45 or so, and Joseph seems to still be alive (4:22). The time had come for Jesus the Carpenter
to move on. By now, his cousin, John "The Baptist," was preaching repentance and telling of One coming who "shall
baptize with the Holy Ghost and with fire" (3:16). Jesus was baptized by John at about this time.
Jesus was now about to begin His ministry, "being
full of the Holy Ghost" (4:1), And we have in inkling of his having grown up without any of the regular mishaps of children,
because when He was tempted of the devil for 40 days, even satan said, "He, (that is, God), shall give His angels charge
over thee…and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone."
Thus Jesus, the Christ, was ready to begin teaching
the salvation that will ultimately take us to be with Him in Heaven.