I’ve been thinking that one reason God sent Jesus to earth as a baby, was so
little children could identify with HIM. Even when we are very small, we understand the love for a baby. We all love to hear stories about a baby being born – maybe because we all felt a very special love when we were so tiny. We understood LOVE before we could even understand words.
As you started growing, you started understanding words. When you understood what was being said, more things were expected of you. When a mommy says to a baby, “Say Mamma.” – and the baby does…everyone gets so excited! When a daddy tells a toddler, “Don’t touch that!” – and the toddler obeys…the parents are very pleased. As you grow older, more things are asked of you because you are getting bigger and smarter!
The Bible tells us that Jesus grew up – just like all children do. As HE grew – he no longer talked like a baby. HE let everyone know that HE understood HIS Father (GOD). We can read about this in the book of Luke, chapter 2, verse 52, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”
verse teaches us that as Jesus grew HIS wisdom did too. (Point to your
head). You are much smarter now than when you were a little baby. The
word stature means that the body grows. So the brain grows with wisdom
and the body grows. (Show gestures for wisdom [point to your head] and
stature [go from a squat to mid-crouching position]) And Jesus grew in
wisdom and stature, and in favor (gesture a big smile – makes God
happy) with GOD (gesture both arms UP and pointing to God) and man
(gesture both arms out to each side with pointed index fingers)
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memorize this scripture.)