Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Alfred Rehwinkel

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Exodus 29:4; Matthew 4:1-11; Ephesians 4:17; John 2:13-22; John 3:1-21; John 4:1-42; Matthew 4:16-29; Mark 1:21; John 5:36-47; John 5:1; Matthew 12:5-7; Luke 5:14; Matthew 11:4-15; Matthew 12:38-42; Luke 11:27-48; Matthew 13:14-15; Matthew 9:13; Hosea 6:6; John 6:45; Micah 4:2; John 6:47-51; Matthew 15:2-9; Mark 8:31-38; Matthew 17:1-13; John 7:19-24; John 7:37-38; John 8:2-11; John 8:12-59; John 10:34-36; Luke 10:23-24; Luke 10:25-28; Luke 11:45-52; Luke 16:15-17; Luke 16:19-31;


What were the qualifications of Jesus for this important work? We have only a few glances into His rich but brief life here on earth; but all of these are significant, and indicate that He was steadily pursuing a definite purpose and fitting Himself for a specific service. If we consider what He did after the age of thirty, we are led to the conclusion that all His earlier years were spent in study, in meditation in prayer, in direct communion with the Father as preparatory for His three years of service. How significant this is to see in Him the relative importance of preparation and performance of life service! Most of us undoubtedly would reverse the order, and undertake after three years of preparation to render thirty years of service to mankind, and even then perhaps demand a pension for the remainder of our days as additional compensation for our three years of preparation and our thirty years of service. How unlike Jesus this would be!

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