Crazy Jesus question #1 – “At what age did you know you are God?”

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Our young adult group had an interesting discussion last night. I gave each person a blank piece of paper and asked them a series of nine questions about Christmas and Jesus’ life. I instructed them to write the answer to each question, fold the paper just enough to cover their answers, and pass the paper to the right for the next question. It’s a great way to have people answer honestly because of the safety of anonymity.

We ended with a question that got great responses: “If you had one question that Jesus would answer for you – absolutely anything – what would it be?”

A great response was “At what age did you know you are God?” Jesus was both God and man. And if he was a truly man, he must have been truly baby and boy as well. Our answers were a bit off the cuff, but very interesting:

  • Babies are by nature very self-centered, so was Jesus selfish? Just because people don’t know that they are sinning, it doesn’t nullify the fact. There is an age of accountability, so does God’s grace nullify sin until at some point he determines we have grown to a point of culpability? We believe that Jesus was sinless, so these questions were about how these things could further be defined based on Jesus’ life.
  • Did Jesus ever do a miracle on accident? Jesus must have had to learn how to use the power before displaying it to the world. The people were surprised by his miracles, so he probably didn’t do any miracles publicly until his ministry had begun. But, we wondered if he ever secretly increased the benefit of a loaf of bread to feed hungry people or heal a blind man on the fly without any recognition for it.
  • How is it that Jesus had to “grow in wisdom and stature” (Luke 2:52)? If you grow in something, that means it must have been lacking before.  We landed on the idea that when Jesus came to earth he had limitations, such as not knowing the times and dates for the end of the world set by the Father. These limitations were self-imposed – so they don’t mean he was any less God during his earthly ministry.

I looked into that last one a bit more this morning. There is some debate about the word for “wisdom”, some saying is means age. Based on the context most scholars agree with translating it “wisdom”. John Nolland sums it up nicely:

Jesus’ unique identity will later be given full expression in his adult ministry. In between, however, there is to be growth in wisdom and in stature and in the capacity to execute that which is pleasing both to God and on the human level. (Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 35A, p. 135)

I’m thinking about doing a series of blogs based on questions never asked about Jesus because we think they are crazy and irrelevant.  I’ll collect them from discussions with people in my experience, but feel free to post one or two of your own. I might do a post based on yours, if it’s crazy enough. I’m not saying I’ll have the answers, but they would be fun to consider!

So, If you had one question that Jesus would answer for you – absolutely anything – what would it be?

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6 thoughts on “Crazy Jesus question #1 – “At what age did you know you are God?”

  1. I would want to know about the sibling dynamics. He led a sinless life, so how did he relate to his siblings? How did he handle their arguments? How did they treat him, being the only perfect and sinless child in the house? One day I hope to find the answer!

    • What a thought! And, when were they let in on the fact that he was God? Pretty heavy thing to grasp. When did Mary tell them about the Christmas story (and did they think she was crazy)?

      Great question, Alli. Thanks for taking the time to share it.

  2. You might find it too goofily irreverent (having Jesus’s undocumented young adult years being spent learning Kung-Fu in the East might be pushing things) but the first chapter of Christopher Moore’s “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal” has a young Jesus with some of his friends, and his friend would kill a lizard, and Jesus would then put it in his mouth and bring it back to life, and they’d do that over and over. No meanness, just kind of bored and amused by the trick. It just had this weird air of emotional truth, the way kids sometimes figure things out idiosyncratically, and also can be casually cruel to critters.

    • Ewww. Jesus put it in his mouth?

      I’ve hear it said that Jesus ruined every funeral he went to ’cause he’d always raise the person back to life. I suppose it’s the same for lizards. He made them too, after all.

      Thanks, Kirk.

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