Jesus: Growing, Work and Family

Series: "Worth the Wait"

Jesus: Growing, Work and Family

October 25, 2020 | Mark Simmons

Worth the Wait

Jesus: Growing, Work and Family


 Jesus spent almost all of his life waiting!

 Luke 3:23 (NLT)

Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his public ministry.

 Jesus’ ministry lasted 3 years.

9% of Jesus’ life was what we sometimes think of as “ministry.”

91% was being like us.91% was the “waiting” ministry of growing, work, and family.

 Growing (up)

Luke 2:41-52 (NLT)


Jesus grew in

Ø Wisdom—Intellectual and Moral application of knowledge

What are you learning intellectually and morally?

 Ø Stature—Physical growth

How are you taking care of your physical and mental health?

 Ø Favor with God—Listening to and following his Father

How are you growing in loving your Father?

 Ø Favor with people—Loving broken people

How are you growing in loving other people you like least?

 Work—He was a unique Rabbi (teacher)-- the son of a “carpenter” who became a “carpenter.”

 Matthew 13:55 (NLT)

Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son. . . .

 Mark 6:3 (NLT) Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter. . . 

 “Carpenter”= Builder, craftsman, “contractor” in our context. They worked with stone a lot too.

 Sepphoris—Huge building project close to Nazareth

 Colossians 3:23 (NLT)

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

 Whether you work at a job or school or at home or you are waiting to go back to work or you are retired, your “work” is ministry. How is your ministry of work going?

 Family—He became the provider for his mother and younger siblings

 Matthew 13:55 (NLT)

Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas.

 Mark 6:3 (NLT) 

 John 19:25-27 (NLT)

25 Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” 27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.

How are you doing in the ministry of taking care of your family?

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