“I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him. I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God.” John 1:32-34

For 30 years no one suspected that Jesus was the Son of God. His cousin, John, says he wouldn’t have known except that God revealed it to him. Jesus must have blended in so well, just another member of the family. He was so ordinary that even if they were aware of the mysterious manner of his birth, it still wasn’t apparent to them Jesus was God in the flesh. How amazing it is that God could be so ordinary!

This is reassuring because often my life seems very ordinary. Jesus has been through the mundane repetitive nature of life. There is value in the ordinary regular everyday happenings, that not every day is special but that’s okay because it was like that for Jesus. Perhaps this is why the Bible is so silent about Jesus’ earlier years, there was nothing to say. God is saying through Jesus’ life that it’s important to be faithful in the everyday things.

When I feel like I’m wasting my time doing mundane things, I remind myself that Jesus spent 30 years doing the same. He spoke about the Kingdom in terms of mustard seeds and yeast. Small things that aren’t spectacular or dramatic, whose results cannot be seen immediately but only over time. I don’t have to be doing the spectacular or the dramatic to have a worthwhile and valuable life.

The next article in The Life of Christ series can be found here.