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Strong Emotions

Jesus on CrossWe know precious little about the childhood of Jesus from the Scriptures but in his life we find a full range of strong emotions. He was moved deeply to see people in their need. Matthew 9.36 said of Jesus, "When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." He became hungry in the wilderness after an extended period without any food. At the time of the Temptation in Matthew 4.2 we were told, " After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry."

Showed Deep Feelings

Jesus PraysOn the cross, Jesus cried out in John 19.28 because his thirst was so great. "Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I am thirsty.'" Jesus showed other human characteristics and he suffered immensely on the cross. Luke 22.44 explains that while praying in the Garden of Gethsemone, "being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground." Many people believe this indicated a rare clinical phenomenon of sweating blood called "hematohidrosis" or "hematidrosis" from the two Greek words for "blood" and "sweat." Leonardo Da Vinci in his writings described a soldier who sweated blood before battle. Christ was in extreme human agony and was not immune from pain.✞

Growing Child

The Child JesusLike any other youngster, Jesus grew up and developed physically and mentally. Luke 2.40 told us, "And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him." Again Luke 2.52 recorded, "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." But even as a child, Jesus was aware of his destiny.✞

Astonished by Jesus

Jesus in the TempleOn one occasion, Jesus wandered away from his parents in order to listen to the holy men in the Temple. We were told that "When his parents saw him, they were astonished." and his mother said to him in Luke 2.48, "'Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.'" Mary and Joseph naturally showed great concern for Jesus well being.✞

"Human Child Jesus"
by Ron Meacock

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