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Hurry Up and Wait
In Defense of the Faith
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Pete Garcia

For anyone that has served in the military, that title is not just a saying, it’s a way of life.  It is ingrained into you at boot camp, and is prevalent throughout the rest of your career.  They tell you to be in formation at 0545, for a 0630 ceremony (that’s O’dark thirty in the AM for you civilian types).

Military have it bred into them to wait.  Not only wait, but wait and be flexible, because the plans may change a half dozen times.

Waiting is not fun, but sometimes that doesn’t mean it’s not necessary.  Waiting can be based on the time it takes for the preparation of something.  I bring all this up, because I come across certain scriptures that strike me as odd, and being the curious person that I am, have to investigate it further. 

Jesus, at the age of 12, lingered behind during the annual Passover pilgrimage to Jerusalem, while His parents departed back with the convoy of friends and relatives.  When they had realized He was not among the company, they returned, and after 3 days, they found Him in the temple, listening and asking questions to the scholars there.  His parents, obviously distraught, questioned His motives in staying behind…

"And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?  And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them."  Luke 2:49-50

And then Jesus returns with His family and other than a general statement in verses 51-52 about growing up, nothing else is mentioned until He is about 30 years of age (Luke 3:23)  So why the delay of 18 years?

I understand that Jesus was fully God, and fully man, and I also understand that as a man, Jesus had to have some restrictions (self imposed) so that He could function as a man.  Could Jesus raise the dead?  Yes.  Did Jesus know when His Second Coming is?  No.  He said…

"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." Matthew 24:36

And Jesus was a man, so if He knew, He would have been contradicting Himself by His very words.  Which brings me full circle back to the original question; why the delay if He must be about His Father’s work?

I believe, and this is holy speculation again, that Jesus didn’t know.

And at 12, He earnestly wanted to begin and would have begun His ministry if given the chance, but that wasn’t what the Father had planned, as the conditions were not right. 

For one, John the Baptist had not began his ministry yet, as one who would ‘prepare the way of the Lord’.  John was only 6 months the senior of Jesus and nothing much is said about his childhood either, except:

"And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel." Luke 1:80

As evidenced by Jesus’ literal fulfilling of the Feast’s and the prophecies through His birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection, precision timing is God’s fingerprint of authenticity of the word given throughout the Old Testament.

Although the 12 year old Jesus may not have fully understood the plan the Father had held for Him, He was obedient to the will of the Father.  I do believe that Jesus knew before He came down as a man, that He would have to die for the sins of mankind, but I also believe the timing of everything was not 100% revealed to Him.

If Jesus was a man (He was), and men are subjected to the rules of time (we can look back, but can’t see forward), then Jesus couldn’t have known the timing of certain events.  I believe He chose that limitation on purpose for this purpose:

"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:15

Fear of the unknown is a temptation.  It is something uniquely human, as we ponder what life will bring us, or what tomorrow may hold.  It is something that either brings curiosity, or much anxiety.  And I believe that Jesus subjected Himself in every way to what we mortals have to struggle with.  How else could Jesus be truly human if He knew everything about tomorrow?  And it bears repeating, that Jesus was also fully God, and knew WHO He was prior to coming, and WHY He had to come.  Which is where the Revelation of Jesus Christ (the book) comes into play, and why it was revealed to John to record for our benefit.

"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.." Revelation 1:1-2

In our attempt to become more Christ-like, let’s take on the patience of the Lord, and rest fully assured that tomorrow belongs to our Father.  He knows the number of the hairs of your head, and He cared enough to send His only Son to pay the price you couldn’t pay.

Just knowing those two things, should remove any fear and anxiety on what the world may throw at us tomorrow, because we are in God’s good hands.

"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.  I and my Father are one." John 10:28-30

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