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Did Jesus Learn to Believe?

Is it possible that Jesus had to learn to believe? He was indeed God in the flesh, but what did he give up when he “emptied himself”? (Phil 2:2) Was there an element of belief required on his part in order for God the Father to act? Jesus must have had to learn how to believe. Consider the alternative, Jesus is born in a manger as a human yet as a one-day old baby he knows he is the Messiah. That scenario doesn’t make sense.

Ok, what about when he went to the temple as a young boy(Luke 2)? “Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. ...

The assumption is that Jesus knows everything because He is God. But what if he was growing in his own belief of this reality? Look at the next statement of Jesus when his mother returns to retrieve him in the story, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” How did Jesus know that it was his Father’s house? Was he taught this or did he know because he was God? If he knew because he was God then why the next statement by Luke? “52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” How could someone increase in wisdom and stature if he is fully God. Did God (through Jesus) voluntarily give up his fullness as God and grow in his belief?

To our knowledge, God speaks directly to Jesus for the first time in Matthew 3. Jesus would have heard stories from his Mother about who he was, listened to many teachings, and memorized the Torah, but we have no indication that the Father spoke directly to him before he came out of the Jordan, “This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” (Matt 3:17)

After the voice of the Father came from the clouds, Jesus life on earth was all about his growing belief that he was the Son of God. From that moment in the river this voice was the only voice that Jesus really listened to. Sure, he engaged in conversation with others, listened to the crowds and people in need, but all of these voices were secondary. The only voice that mattered to him was the voice of the one who called him Beloved.

Maybe Jesus too learned how to believe…

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