Some Things Jesus Never Had

By Johnie Edwards

Jesus was an unusual person. He was God-Man, that is he was both human and divine. John said of Jesus, “In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (Jn. 1:1,14). Although Jesus was the Son of God, there are some things he never had:

Jesus Never Had an Earthly Home

Can you imagine a person not having a home? There is not a sweeter word than the word home, It is a good feeling when one has been away to be able to go home. Often it is said of Jesus, “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when evening was come, he was there alone” (Matt. 14:23). Jesus himself said, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matt. 8:20).

Some who have good homes do not appreciate them soon enough.

No Earthly Father

A boy needs an earthly father. It is sad today that many of our young people are being reared without an earthly father. Child correction is the primary responsibility of the father (Eph. 6:4).

Jesus had no real earthly father. He was born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14).

Jesus Never Had a Long Life

The lives of a lot of people are wiped out at an early age. The average life span of men is about 72 years now. Jesus only lived to be about 33 1/2 years old. The Bible refers to him being “about thirty years of age” (Lk. 3:23). Although Jesus lived a short earth life, he lived a full and busy life. He said, “I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do” (Jn. 17:4). Jesus did more in his short life than most ever think about doing. “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written” (Jn. 21:25). A short, but full and busy life.

No Sin in His Life

Jesus never had any sin in his life. He lived a life of sinless perfection. The Hebrew writer said of Jesus, “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15). The apostle Peter said, he “did no sin” (1 Pet. 2:22). Paul told the Corinthians that Jesus “knew no sin” (2 Cor. 5:21). Can you imagine a man living on this earth and never, not once, doing anything sinful?

Jesus Never Had Any Desire to Get Even

Many today carry around a grudge, just waiting for the right moment to get even with others. Not Jesus. Peter said, “Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again” (1 Pet. 2:23). It is written in Isaiah that, “He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a Lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth” (Isa. 53:7). We would do well to follow his example.

Never Had Any Other Disposition Than to Obey

“Thy will be done” (Matt. 26:42) was the Lord’s disposition toward his Father! “I come to do thy will, O God” (Heb. 10:9) was his purpose in life, even to the point of being “obedient unto death” (Phil. 2:8). We need to be like him in our attitude of obedience.

Guardian of Truth XXXVI: 12, p. 372
June 18, 1992