A Man With A Mission
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men ... The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world knew Him not. He came to His own home, and His own people received Him not. But to all who received Him, who believed in His name, He gave power to become Children Of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father." (John 1:1-4,10-14 RSV)
Why The Messiah?
The announcement to Mary of how and why the Son of God would be born as a man:
"And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David [see The Root and The Offspring], and He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there will be no end."
"And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?"
"And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God." (Luke 1:31-35 RSV)
To Joseph also, that the Messiah "will save His people from their sins":
"Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." (Matthew 1:20-21 RSV)
The Bible does not record when the Messiah began to realize who and what He was, but by age 12 He most certainly knew:
"Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the Feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing Him to be in the company they went a day's journey, and they sought Him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; and when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him."
"After three days they found Him in the Temple [i.e. in the Temple court, see Court], sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers."
"And when they saw Him they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously."
"And He said to them, "How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be in My Father's House?" (Luke 2:41-49 RSV)
Everything that Jesus Christ spoke and taught was according to what God told Him:
"The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does His works." (John 14:10 RSV)
"He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's Who sent Me." (John 14:24 RSV)
The fulfillment of His mission:
"When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son that the Son may glorify Thee, since Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom Thou hast given Him."
"And this is eternal life, that they know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. I glorified Thee on earth, having accomplished the work which Thou gavest me to do; and now, Father, glorify Thou Me in Thy own presence [see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?] with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was made."
"I have manifested Thy Name to the men whom Thou gavest me out of the world; Thine they were, and Thou gavest them to me, and they have kept Thy word. Now they know that everything that Thou hast given Me is from Thee; for I have given them the words which Thou gavest Me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from Thee; and they have believed that Thou didst send Me." (John 17:1-8 RSV)
Fact Finder: Jesus of Nazareth knew all that God gave Him to know, but what was Jesus not told would happen at the moment that His mission reached its fulfillment?
See Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani?