“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52
Warning: the following is somewhat controversial. Starting shortly after His death, theologians began a very earnest debate about just what it means for Jesus to be fully human as well as fully God. It continues today, and we won’t even try to settle it here. However, no matter how you dice it up theologically, there is no doubt that Jesus did take on human form. “Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God.” (Hebrews 2:17) “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. “(Hebrews 4:15)
Since Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and we are asked to emulate him (“Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:6), we must ask, “How did Jesus grow?” I’ll be honest and say that I don’t know for sure. However, I think it’s fairly safe to say that He did it the way people still do it today. He engaged in prayer, reading, fellowship, ministering to others, and making room for the Holy Spirit to work in His life. Jesus did not sin, but I’ll bet He made mistakes. I can’t imagine Him fully taking part in the human experience without occasionally whacking His thumb with a hammer or having to cut twice because He only measured once.
Consider your mistakes and setbacks opportunities to learn and grow as Jesus did. Lean into scripture and your friends. Pray. Allow room for the Holy Spirit to transform you and craft you in the likeness of God…just as Jesus did.
Peace and joy!