“And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” Luke 2:40
The verse states that the grace of God was upon Jesus. The Bible also says in Romans 5:20 “that where sin abounds, grace abounds much more.” And when you put the two together, you may find yourself asking, “If the grace of God was upon Jesus, does it mean that He sinned?” Is the grace of God just because of sin.
No sin was found in Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21) So there must be another explanation as to why God’s grace was upon Jesus. There must be another explanation as to why someone can abound in God’s grace even when he has not sinned.
If you look at the word “grace” when it was first mentioned in the Bible you will discover something interesting . Genesis 6:8 says that “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”. Noah’s name means “rest”. So the verse is telling us that rest found grace. In other words, when you rest, you find grace!
So grace was upon Jesus because His life was a life of rest and trust in His Father. He said, “The Son can do nothing of Himself. He can do only what He sees His Father doing.” (John 5:19)
Likewise, grace comes upon you when you rest and trust God. If you have a stubborn child, stop nagging at him and trust God to handle the problem. Say, “Jesus, I commit this child into Your hands. I cannot control him. You can.” If you have a persistent pain in your body, bring it to the Lord. Say, “Jesus, I hand all my worries about this pain to You. You work on the pain.” It may also be addiction to drugs, pornography or something else. He can handle it when you hand it over to him and cease from your struggle.
You may ask “what if nothing happens?”
The truth is that if after you have given the matter to Jesus and nothing happens, what can you do? If Jesus Himself can’t do anything about it, do you think you can help him? But praise God, once the problem is handed over to Jesus, He can and will do a perfect work of taking care of it for you!
So live a life of rest. Have this attitude and tell the Lord, “I can do nothing of myself. I just rest in You Lord and I trust You.” Dearest, what you will see is the grace of God upon you in every situation of your life!