He was tempted in all points, the temptations of an infant, the temptations of a young child, the temptations of an older child, yet without sin. Well I admit that it's certainly a biblical word, it’s certainly an old-fashioned evangelical word. That's why when Isaiah the prophet was talking about this and prophesying about it, he said, "A child is born,” Isaiah 9:6, “a Son is given, His name is going to be called Wonderful, Counselor,” what's the next one? ", They found Him in the...somewhere in the courtyards, the porticos, the porches, the bustling crowds that were in the temple area. This is the purpose of the good news. Zacharias, the Old Testament priest, and his wife, Elizabeth, affirmed the identity of the Messiah whose forerunner would be their son, John. Let's turn in our Bibles to Luke chapter 2. We are looking at the last section of chapter 2 verses 39 to 52, under the title, 'The Child Who Was God.' He is the eternal King. And kings were anointed. I mean, you can't get any higher than this, folks. Jesus is the one who rescues you from being unfulfilled. And I told you they were traveling, as verse 44 indicates, in a large caravan, may well have been hundreds of people and typically the children would go out first so that they didn't wind up leaving them behind. And today when you hear people present the gospel, very often you get the idea that we need to be rescued from...from our...our unfulfillment, that there's something in life that just isn't complete, that there's some great level of disappointment with which we live. You remember back in chapter 2, verse 35, Simeon had said that this child is going to put a sword through your heart, Mary. The adoration of the angels over the good news of the Savior's birth. If you go back to Ezekiel 16 there's an interesting analogy there, it's a description the prophet Ezekiel gives, and he pictures a baby coming out of its mother's womb. In other words, that’s...that's praising God for salvation, praising the Lamb for salvation. According to tradition, Luke was a Gentile. So we know Him in that way. And also they believed that this...this helped the limbs to grow straight because they were wrapped so tightly together in that fashion. It was traditional because at the age of thirteen you made that transition which later became called bar mitzvah and a ceremony was developed. It's not given here but Savior is the equivalent. That is unequivocal. And if you study the background of those two words, and even how they've sort of come down to us, we have a word in English, “despot.” When we think of the word “despot” we think of someone who is in authority and someone who is in power, but with a certain level of high-handedness, don't we, or a certain kind of illegitimacy or abuse or unearned, undeserved power. And the Jehovah's Witnesses really weren't like that and didn't believe that. They knew Christ before the incarnation. And they would come to the Passover so there would be a great coming together of...of teachers. I mean, there are a lot of people even in a materialistic environment like ours that are very happy to perpetuate permanently the condition they're presently in. But He was a King. The King James Bible says, "On earth peace, goodwill toward men." Back in Daniel chapter 9 verses 25 and 26 there's a prophecy concerning the coming Messiah and there He is called Messiah. He had come to do the will of the Father, as He says over and over and over again, particularly in John's gospel that is recorded. Text Commentaries by John MacArthur John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference KJV NKJV NLT NIV ESV CSB NASB. That Jehovah's Witnesses did believe in Jesus Christ and the Jehovah's Witnesses did believe that Jesus died. When Jesus next appears on the stage age...eighteen years later, He will begin His ministry and He will become the teacher and He will make it clear that He is God's Son and He will move to die on the cross and rise again. Now, listen to this one. There's one other testimony that is critical, and that is the testimony of Jesus Himself. And He gives answers that are staggering to the minds of these experts. He could see the power of sin in the butchery that was taking place and in the guilt-ridden lives of the people. But that still begs the question: From what do we need to be rescued? You could multiply that and add a few thousands and you've got a hundred million plus angels. So the root idea of kurios is legitimate sovereignty, legitimate authority. And Jesus will give you victory over those things that tend to destroy your life. OR Select a range of biblical books. We thank You that the Scripture just comes alive with its clarity and its depth and its drama. Jesus will fix your marriage. And even that could be challenging. We're not able to go to places. He is God, the Son, who became a man to live a perfect, sinless life, then to die as a substitute for sinners, paying fully the debt for sin and rising from the dead. He knew He was the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. He knew that it was written that the Son of Man had to be lifted up to draw all men to Himself. When He declared Himself in this passage in verse 49 to be the Son of God, He did it not because of any external pressure but because He knew full well by that age exactly who He was. These are angels. He is therefore the great Priest, the great High Priest who takes us into the presence of God. "He was sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions." The birth of this child having been laid in the feed trough in anonymity at first and then this monumental announcement to the angels that even involves a whole heavenly host of angels praising God and affirming peace on earth toward men with whom God is pleased. They knew that there would come a Savior who, while maintaining perfect righteousness and holiness, would also bear sin. They knew He was the Son of the Most High God, conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. It's not the result of what good men have done. The original Old Testament is Hebrew. And the old people in the temple, Simeon and Anna; their testimony is added to all the rest. Well, that would be a sign to some degree, but any baby they found would be wrapped like that and there might have been more than one. That would, of course, be His consummate interest and He would not have found anything like this opportunity in Nazareth. But those are not the primary issues in salvation. He treats me as if I lived Jesus' life. But it really is a very good word. She had to exchange commanding for obeying. Back in chapter 2 verse 18, "All who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds." Where had He eaten? Twice, 9:25 and 9:26, that is the Hebrew word for “anointed.” In the Greek Old Testament that is Christos. That is just staggering to me. If you are a person who has been given the gift of salvation, you are a person of His good pleasure. There would have been no visible distinctive marks of His sovereignty, of His deity, of His messiahship. But you will get some measure of triumph because when your purpose is eternal those things that don't come true in life don't matter as much. There wasn't any halo on His head. And Mary, it says, "Went on to treasure all these things in her heart."