Who is Jeshua
The record of Jeshua his early life is very brief. Born in Bethlehem of Judea, King David's native city, he was taken to Nazareth in Galilee after the family returned from Egypt-all of this in fulfillment of divine prophecy. (Mt 2:4-6, 14, 15, 19-23; Mic 5:2; Ho 11:1; Isa 11:1; Jer 23:5)
Jeshua was by his heavenly Father, Jehovah God, wonderfully placed in the womb of his (earthly) mother and got an adoptive father, Joseph, who was a handyman or carpenter (Mt 13:55) and evidently of little means. (Compare Lu 2:22-24 with Le 12:8.)
Thus Jesus, who on his first day of human life had slept in a stable, evidently spent his childhood in quite humble circumstances. Nazareth was not historically prominent, though near to two principal trade routes. It may have been looked down upon by many Jews.
Of the first years of Jesus' life nothing is known except that "the
young child continued growing and getting strong, being filled with
wisdom, and God's favor continued upon him." (Lu 2:40) In course of time the family grew as four sons and some daughters were born to Joseph and Myriam or Mary, like she got better known in many countries (Mt 13:54-56)
Having grown up in a devote Essene family Jeshua had a great understanding of Jewish literature and had a high-quality knowledge of the ancient Hebrew Scripture. already when he was twelve his parents found him once, after long searching for him, at the temple, where he was engaged in a discussion with the Jewish teachers that left them amazed. Jeshua's reply to his worried parents when they located him there shows that he knew the miraculous nature of his birth and realized his Messianic future. (Lu 2:41-52) Reasonably, his mother and his adoptive father had passed on to him the information obtained through the angelic visitations as well as through the prophecies of Simeon and Anna, spoken when the first trip was made to Jerusalem 40 days after Jeshua his birth. (Mt 1:20-25; 2:13, 14, 19-21; Lu 1:26-38; 2:8-38.)
There is nothing to indicate that Jeshua had or exercised any miraculous powers during his childhood years, as the fanciful stories recorded in certain apocryphal works, such as the so-called Infancy Gospel of Thomas, pretend. The changing of water to wine at Cana, performed during his ministry, was "the beginning of his signs." (Joh 2:1-11) Likewise, while among the family in Nazareth, Jeshua evidently did not make a showy display of his wisdom and superiority as a perfect human, as is perhaps indicated by the fact that his half brothers did not exercise faith in him during his ministry as a human, as well as by the disbelief most of the population of Nazareth showed toward him. (Joh 7:1-5; Mr 6:1, 4-6.)
Yet Jeshua was evidently well known by the people of Nazareth (Mt 13:54-56; Lu 4:22); his splendid qualities and personality must certainly have been noted, at least by those appreciative of righteousness and goodness. (Compare Mt 3:13, 14.) He regularly attended the synagogue services each Sabbath. He was educated, as is shown by his ability to find and read sections from the Sacred Writings, but he did not attend the rabbinic schools of "higher learning." (Lu 4:16; Joh 7:14-16.)
For nearly 2,000 years the Jews had hoped in Jehovah's covenant with Abraham for a "seed" who would "take possession of the gate of his enemies" and by means of whom all nations of the earth would bless themselves. (Ge 22:15-18.) With the birth of that man in the tribe of King David the full limit of the time had arrived and God had sent forth his Son.
The outpouring of
holy spirit at the time of Jeshua's baptism marked the time of his
becoming in actual fact the Messiah, or Christ, God's Anointed One (the
use of this title by angels when announcing his birth evidently being in
a prophetic sense; Lu 2:9-11, note also vss 25, 26). At that time of immersion in water Jeshua was "about thirty years old,"
After Jeshua had 'come up from the water,' and while he was praying, "he saw the heavens being parted," God's Spirit descended upon him in bodily shape like a dove, and Jehovah's Voice was heard from heaven, saying:
"You are my Son, the beloved; I have approved you." (Mt 3:16, 17; Mr 1:9-11; Lu 3:21, 22.)
That would not be the only time that God's Spirit gave an indication who that man as a sent one from God should also be considered God His only begotten beloved son who is approved by the Elohim. (Mr 1:11)
The anointing with holy spirit appointed and commissioned this son of man to carry out his ministry of preaching and teaching (Lu 4:16-21) and also to serve as God's Prophet. (Ac 3:22-26) But, over and above this, it appointed and commissioned him as Jehovah's promised King, the heir to David's throne (Lu 1:32, 33, 69; Heb 1:8, 9) and to an everlasting Kingdom. For that reason he could later tell Pharisees:
"The kingdom of God is in your midst." (Lu 17:20, 21)
Similarly, Jeshua was anointed to act as God's High Priest, not as a descendant of Aaron, but after the likeness of King-Priest Melchizedek. (Heb 5:1, 4-10; 7:11-17.)
While Jeshua was on earth, he selected from among his disciples the first prospective members of his Kingdom government and, after they had 'stuck with him in his trials,' covenanted with them for a Kingdom, praying to his Father for their sanctification (or being made "holy ones") and requesting that
"where I am, they also may be with me, in order to behold my glory that you have given me." (Lu 22:28, 29; Joh 17:5, 17, 24)
People have to come to recognize that Jeshua is the sent one from God (Ga 4:4) who is the way to God as well as the way to life (Joh 14:6). In him we can find an example how to please the Most High God and how to come unto the heavenly Father as children of Him.