Luke 2:40 And the Child (Jesus) grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
One of the principles of Bible interpretation is what's known as the Literary Context. Words have meaning in sentences, and in the Bible, sentences have meaning in what is preceding and succeeding them. Therefore, the choice and combination of the words God uses, provide great insight to us and the verse above is a classic example.
What we are told is that Jesus as a child grew strong in spirit and in wisdom. And it is the grace of God that brings this strength and wisdom into your life.
So the grace of God abounded in Jesus’ life.
This is an important revelation because many Christians have a limited, watered down understanding of grace and reduce it to something that permits a sinner to be saved. But grace is more than just “saving grace” – it is the power of the Kingdom accessed through faith.
Grace was first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 6:8 in reference to Noah. This was during a time when sin had abounded to such an extent throughout the world that all of civilization had degenerated to its lowest point ever, except for Noah.
It says, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”. Noah’s name means rest. And using the principle of Literary Context, another way to say this is “Rest found grace in the eyes of the Lord”.
This is giving you insight into how to grow strong in grace like Jesus did. It is not through striving and working for it but through rest, through trust and through the power of God. We see this in the life of Jesus. John 5:19 says:
“The Son can do nothing of Himself. He can only do what He sees His Father doing”.
Now, who is greater, you or Jesus? Obviously, it’s Jesus. So if Jesus, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords cannot do things in His own strength, but only that which the Heavenly Father reveals to Him, why do we try to live this life in our strength?
In the same way, grace came upon Jesus through rest and faith, that same grace comes upon you when you rest and trust in God rather than worry, stress and being anxious.
- Don't worry about your career but trust God.
- Don't worry about your financial situation, but trust God.
- Don't worry about your children, but trust God.
- Don’t worry about those you lead and disciple, but trust God.
Rest is the Kingdom attitude of seeking God, praying to God, meditating upon His Word and trusting in faith, knowing that when it comes to the things that only God can do, you cannot. So rest and trust Him to do them.