Choose Life – “Coming Out On Top” – An Uplifting Verse from the OYB reading of the day – March 17

Scripture:  Luke 2:52  NASB    “Coming Out On Top”

“And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”   Luke 2:52


Can this verse really be in the Bible?  Jesus matured?  Seriously?  How does Almighty, Infinite God mature?  How could God “increas[e] in wisdom”?

Here’s another like it, “Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered” (Heb. 5:8).

The answer is that Jesus came in the form of a man and “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant,  . . . being made in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2: 7).   This doesn’t mean that Jesus wasn’t God, it means He set aside all His prerogatives as God so He could be a model to us of relying on God.  In that sense, He had to undergo all of the maturing processes that we undergo.  He was even tempted to sin in the same way as we are (cf. Heb. 4:15).  The difference was that He never sinned.

This all should be a great comfort to us.  Jesus suffered like we did but He always came out on top.  Because of that we can go to Him for help (cf. Heb. 4: 16) and trust Him for strength (Is. 40: 31).


If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30: 19)!


Fun Application:  What are you going through today that you’d need God’s strength and comfort?  Consider what Jesus would have done in your circumstances (cf. Heb. 12: 2 – 3). Don’t just guess what He would have done.  Look for some Scripture (or at least one verse!) to back up your thoughts.


The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:  Anna, Banna, Bo-Banna” and “Jesus, Lost At The Mall

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