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#24 Jesus life before Ministry

In Jesus’ time, religion had become synonymous with rules. But even as a child, Jesus ideas about religion were different than those of the rabbis and priests. His whole approach to life and religion were one: to bless others as he understood God blessing everyone regardless of their class or situation.

He knew God personally and he had no use for rulers or rules that forced people into strict adherence to man-made regulations and called it obedience.  As he developed he continually found in nature new ways to relieve suffering. His miracles hadn’t started, but his presence carried an energy and a peace that uplifted people and even animals.

His discernment was clear, yet this made his life painful. It often brought him into conflict with the religious authorities because he thought for himself and forged his own beliefs from Scripture and his understanding of God. He seemed to know the scriptures from end to end. His parents questioned his beliefs, while his brothers cited tradition and accused him of stubbornness.

Friends and brothers thought him narrow and yet were jealous of his generous, loving spirit. If they were mean-spirited, Jesus would go to the very ones they had distressed and give kind attention. He taught everybody to look at themselves as precious to God with gifts He delighted to see them use.

His intimacy with God, his identity and his pain over injustice and evil set him apart, often making his life hard.

Mark 3:20-21

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