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As Seen By
Common People
And By Demons
JOHN 5:19-26, 30, 36; 6:38; 7:15
say about His physical presence while He was on the earth, but, what of
those see?  Was He to them in any wise Divine?  What did they see in His
words and teachings, indicative of His intent, as far as, and in terms of
what they perceived He wished them to think?  Or, re-phrased, what do
their actions around Him, coupled with their reactions toward Him, tell us
today about how He was perceived ordinarily, or about how they thought
He wanted to be perceived, by the way He lived—walking among them—
from day to day?

Those Who Knew Him First:  

The Mother of My Lord
From the time of His conception, a select few people were privileged to
know Jesus for who He was.

The first to know Jesus was, of course, His own mother Mary.  Informed
by the heavenly messenger Gabriel that she was the chosen one for the
task, she knew, understood and accepted that she should be prevailed upon
to bear the stigma of birthing, out
voice of Mary upon her arrival.  Being informed that his bride-to-be was pregnant before he himself had ‘known’ her, the non-
biological earthly-father Joseph was next to know as God quelled his concerns with the good news, that Mary’s pregnancy was
not betrayal, as it was blessed, the miraculous work of His Spirit of God.  

Immediately following the birth of our Lord, a heavenly choir of angels informed and gave instructions and directions to
shepherds, to the extent that He could be found in an animal’s stable, in a feeding trough, wrapped in an adult’s waist restraint
band (Mary appears to have not expected to give birth so soon; thus she was unprepared to dress the Baby properly.).  Finally,
preceding the wise-men from the East, who found Jesus by the time He was a toddler of approximately two, both Simeon
(known to God for his devotion and longing for the Messiah) and Anna (a prophetess who devoted herself to the service of
God, following the death of her husband, about seven years into their young marriage) found Him in the temple, as Mary and
Joseph sought to comply with Old Testament legal requirements, surrounding the birth of firstborns.

It should be noted that, at no point—regardless of who knew—were there ever any telltale signs of any kind by which Jesus
could be known; there were no markers, flares or heavenly fireworks displays, not even haloes (tacked on and passed down by
tradition) by which to signal to the world that God’s King had arrived.  Not even the ever present demons, so common in His
day, knew though they saw Him regularly for thirty years; He all the while, no doubt knew them.  His early, formative years,
childhood and early adult years were typical Jewish, with none seeing in Him any particular difference from His peers, though
He may well have stood out because of His righteous living (to a degree, that would not leave Him exposed).  During these
years, He grew older and wiser, increasing in favor with God behind the scenes on the one hand, and with men above board on
the other.  All who saw Him and knew Him, prior to His “ministerial commencement” ceremony, were so apprised only because
of God’s initiative (that is, God came to them all individually, and said to each, “hey, He is here.  Come and see!”).  Contrary to
some legends, He did no miracles before His journey to Cana, Galilee (without the indwelling and power of the Holy Spirit, He
could do nothing.).  Thus, for almost 30 years of His life, trolling the dust filled streets of Nazareth (where He grew up, after
being called back out of Egypt), no one ever had just cause to see in Him other than just another fine young man.  He, for His
part, gave them no cause; He sought no occasion, beyond His ‘bout with the Pharisees and the scribes in the temple, on His
twelfth   birthday.  His insistence was upon not exposing Himself before the appointed time, as evinced by His response in Cana
to His mother, “…Mine hour is not yet come…”.