Jesus was a very unique person. He was both man and God, that is, he was both human and divine. John said of Jesus, “In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (Jn. 1:1,14). Although Jesus was the Son of God, there are some things he never had that many of us today take for granted.
Jesus Never Had an Earthly Home
There is not a sweeter word than the word home. It is a good feeling when one has been away to be able to go home. Jesus himself said, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matt. 8:20).
No Earthly Father
It is sad today that many of our young people are being reared without an earthly father. Child correction is the primary responsibility of the father (Eph. 6:4). Jesus had no real earthly father. He was born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14).
Jesus Never Had a Long Life
The average life span of men in America is about 76 years, though these differ from state to state. Jesus only lived to be about 33 1/2 years old. Very young by any measure. The Bible refers to him being “about thirty years of age” (Lk. 3:23). Although Jesus lived a short earth life, he lived a full and busy life. He said, “I have finished the work which thou gave me to do” (Jn. 17:4). Jesus did more in his short life than most ever think about doing in many lifetimes. “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written” (Jn. 21:25). A short, but full and busy life.
No Sin in His Life
Jesus never had any sin in his life. He lived a life of sinless perfection. The Hebrew writer said of Jesus, “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15). The apostle Peter said, he “did no sin” (1 Pet. 2:22). Paul told the Corinthians that Jesus “knew no sin” (2 Cor. 5:21).
Jesus Never Had Any Desire to Get Even
Many today carry around a grudge, just waiting for the right moment to get revenge. Not Jesus. Peter said, “Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again” (1 Pet. 2:23). It is written in Isaiah that, “He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a Lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth” (Isa. 53:7).
Never Had Any Other Disposition Than to Obey God
“Your will be done” (Matt. 26:42) was the Lord’s disposition toward his Father! “I come to do your will, O God” (Heb. 10:9) was his purpose in life, even to the point of being “obedient unto death” (Phil. 2:8).
Conclusion: The life of Jesus is our example to follow (1 Pet 2:21). Jesus sought not earthy treasure but heavenly treasure. This should be our goal in life as well. “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:20-21).