It is Day 5 of the 21 day Prayer and Fasting…. (Click HERE to read about it)
On Monday we discussed the “The Prayer Answering God”, Tuesday was about “The Power Provoking God“, Wednesday was centered on “The Question Answering God” and Thursday’s message was about “The Secret Revealing God“.
Today, we take a look at the part A of The Salary Paying God.
Most people are amazed by the wonders of the man Jesus, how He healed the sick, raised the dead, fed over five thousand with just five loaves of bread and two fish, walked on water and even resurrected after being crucified.
But there while growing up as a child, what struck me wasn’t all these astonishing miracles He performed while on Earth. What baffled me as a child was the twelve year old Jesus.
In Luke 2:41-52, Luke tells it, the twelve-year-old Jesus attended the Passover festival in Jerusalem with his parents. But when they depart on the return journey to Galilee, Jesus remains behind in the city without their knowledge. The next day they discover his absence, unsuccessfully search the caravan, and finally return to Jerusalem looking for their son. At last they discover him in the Temple, seated among the teachers of the Law, listening, asking and answering questions, and impressing them with his comprehension. Then when His parents saw Him, His mother said to Him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for You” (NIV).
Then the young twelve year old Jesus replied His parents “How is it that ye sought me? knew ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”
It was this answer that astonished a young growing Bible scholar like me for I didn’t understand it till I was grown (physically and spiritually).
“Why would this young boy talk to His parents that way?
Didn’t He understand that His parents were worried sick about Him? Imagine misplacing the Messiah?
What did He mean by His father’s business? Is Jesus a business man? Like is He into buying and selling or human business? What sort of business?”. Those were a few of the thoughts that ravaged my young mind.
It took me over ten years to understand the “Father’s business” Jesus was referring to and this article is my little way of pointing out the lucrative business that Jesus was into that marked Him out as the most important person-ever-liveth.
So why did Jesus come to the World to die and be resurrected on the third day?
The reasons include to save the lost, to serve, to fulfil prophecy, to heal the sick, to raise the dead andto fulfill prophecy. Read “21 Reasons Why Jesus Came To The World” for better understanding.
But for the purpose of this article and we are going to concentrate on one of the most important reasons why Jesus came to die for us and that is seen in Luke 4:43 which reads “But He said to them, ‘I mist preach the kindgom of God to the (World), for I was sent for this purpose”.
As pointed out in the earliar commentary, we were introduced to a 12 year old Jesus who knew his mission on Earth from a very tender age and was required to wait till He was 30 years and well equipped to begin His ministry (Luke 3:23).
So in all His Glory, Jesus knew His mission on Earth was primarily to preach the gospel of God to the World. The healing of the sick, cleansing the lepers, turning water into wine, walking on water, feeding five thousand, casting our demons and even raising the dead are all secondary to his primary mission which is to preach the gospel (Luke 4:43) and then die to atone for the sins of the World (John 3:16).
Continue Part B of this message HERE
Message preached by Bishop David Oyedepo at Winner’s Chapel, Ogun State.
Written by Kurtis Smith