Last week I crossed a threshold… I turned 30 years old. I have since had a few people ask, “Does 30 feels any different than 29?” Well, as a follower of and believer in Jesus Christ, it has caused me to consider a few things in light of the fact that 30 was the age in which Jesus began his “official” ministry, according to chapter 3 of the book of Luke in Scripture.
My wife and I hosted a small birthday party with our closest friends last evening and I enjoyed the opportunity to opine with some of them about the various aspects of the humanity of Jesus. Very little is said about him between the ages of 12 and 30 in the Biblical record and lately my mind has been flooded with thoughts of what was happening at this point in Christ’s life. Caution: they’re a bit abstract but perhaps you’ve had similar thoughts…
- What kind of things was he doing when he was 27, 28, and 29 years old? What have I done in the last 3 years?
- I know from Scripture that he never sinned nor erred morally in any way whatsoever (1 Peter 2:22). Yet, as a carpenter there were bound to be times when he cut himself while sawing, banged his thumb with a hammer, or cut a board too short (measure twice, cut once). None of these (and others) are moral error or an offense of the law. What do you think?
- As a kid, was he “rough and tumble”? He must have tripped and scraped his knees, right? My three year old son Caleb has roughly a couple dozen (at current count) tiny bruises on his legs from simply being a kid, running into things, and falling down… how many bruises did Jesus have on his legs when he was three years old? Some I’ve asked about this in the past were staunchly opposed to Christ having ever been bruised or bleeding before the events leading up to Calvary. While I don’t remember all their arguments, I was reminded last night by one of our friends of a ceremony that takes place at 8 days old for little Jewish boys… Jesus bled at least once before Calvary’s events.
- Regarding social conventions, when I’ve been asked to go somewhere I honestly, downright just do not want to go, I have at various times resorted to telling a “little white lie.” The bottomline is that this is sin; plain and simple, a lie is a lie no matter how “big” and that is sin. What did Jesus do in this situation? Again, I know he didn’t lie because “in him was no sin,” so how did he respond? “No, thank you. That doesn’t sound very fun nor is it at all something I’d like to do.”
Anyway, I know it’s a bit of rambling this time around, but these thoughts have been running rampant in my mind for days now, leading up to rolling over the “big 3-0.”
Does 30 feel any different than 29? Honestly, no, but as I seek to live deliberately and not just take things as they come, I think these and several other thoughts I’ve had are worthy of my continued consideration.
What do you think about any of this? Have you ever had similar thoughts?