Why is there nothing in the Bible about Jesus between his birth and ministry?
Why does the Bible remove all documented accounts of the life of Jesus, it only tells when he was born to his final years but nothing in between. Jesus was was a great man yet he was flawed like anyone of the flesh he even doubted his own father by saying father, why have you forsaken me? I’d like to know more about Jesus’ life.
You’re right, the Bible doesn’t have much to say about Jesus’ youth. What the Bible does say is Luke 2:41-52, which is an account of Jesus at the age of twelve in the temple at Jerusalem followed by verse 52 “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.”
The next thing we are told about is 15-18 years later, when Jesus was around 30 years old. As interested as we may be in what Jesus’ life may have been like during this 15 year period, the writers of the New Testament gospels weren’t. They are interested in telling you something about Jesus that relates to the last three years of his life and so most of their information is about these years. His teaching, his interaction with people, his call to give up everything and follow him, his claims to be the unique way to the Father, his death and resurrection. These are the matters that the gospel writers want us to wrestle with. As hard as your years may have been, as hard as Jesus’ upbringing may have been (and trust me life in those times was hard, average life expectancy was 25 years, most children died before they were 10), they New Testament authors want us to know about the Jesus who died and rose again.
The man who Jesus was, is precisely who the New Testament authors wish us to deal with. The New Testament portrays a man who had a mission. Have a read of John’s gospel. It describes the condition of humanity as being in darkness, cut off from God and in danger of the anger of God. But because of the love of God, the God sent his Son, Jesus, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life, but those who do not believe in Jesus shall not see this life, because God’s anger remains on them (have a look at John 3). The anger of God we are told will result in death, to be utterly forsaken by God. The death of Jesus is so important because when he was on the cross, Jesus experienced that forsakenness of God, so that we no longer have to. That is why he cried out “why have you forsaken me?”, God had forsaken him. But God, having spent his anger on Jesus, also raised him so that those who trust in Jesus can also have new life with God. That was the mission of Jesus and why the New Testament authors focus in on it.
So what draws me to Jesus isn’t that he has foibles like me, but that he loves me so much that he gave up his life for me.
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