The born Christ was recognized by only a small handful of people. For thirty years no one knew anything about him. He, like most people, consistently went through such periods of life as childhood, adolescence, adolescence and adulthood. He sanctified them and filled them with himself.
In mortality, holiness is associated with infancy and old age. Children are holy because they do not know sin. They are innocent in weakness and ignorance. Unfortunately, children quickly get out of this state, starting to cheat, dissemble and deceive.
Old age is also approaching holiness. A person in this state falls into a second childhood. He is not interested in anything and also becomes innocent by his weakness. The devil, sooner or later, takes away holiness from both children and old people.
Children today begin to sin very early. They develop an addiction to mobile gadgets, computers, TVs, etc. Until old age, their life is lined with continuous sins, from which it is difficult for them to get rid of, even on the verge of death.
Each age has its own sins. Childhood is characterized by ignorance. This is not surprising, since the child knows little else in this life. Youth is filled with lust, and mature age is filled with covetousness (a passion for acquiring and hoarding).
Mature people, being at the peak of life, in all their glory show their pride, lust, envy, resentment, etc. If we pay attention to Christ, then he was holy throughout his short life. As a child, he was not ignorant, in adolescence he had no lust, and in adulthood he did not need money.
The path of Christ
At the age of fifteen, Jesus began to get used to work and took over the carpentry craft from Joseph. He earned his bread by hard work and thus lived up to thirty years. He knew from his own experience what work is and how people get tired after it.
At thirty, the Savior went out to preach, having first visited John, who baptized in Jordan. He urged everyone to repent and baptized, washing with waters from this river. After being cleansed, people began to believe. Thus, John prepared people for the coming of the Savior. Christ was among them, and John, with his holiness, recognizes him. He seems to recall the times when he was in the womb of his mother Elizabeth and "leaped", recognizing the unborn Christ in the womb of Mary.
Before he was born, John felt the presence of Christ. It was the same on the Jordan. He considers himself unworthy to baptize the Savior, but Jesus with the phrase: "Thus we must fulfill all righteousness" - convinces him to do it.
This providential action was necessary in order for the water to receive grace-filled power, and to this day we could cleanse our sins with holy water (the sacrament of baptism). Then the holy spirit descends on Christ in the form of a dove and a voice is heard saying from heaven: "This is my beloved son, in whom is my good pleasure." Since then, it has become known that God is not one, but threefold in one person (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Water, which becomes holy on the day of baptism (January 19), brings many miracles to the world: healing the sick, forgiving sins, giving grace.
Believers should look at Christ as the Messiah, because on the Jordanian water God revealed himself in the form of the Trinity, and Jesus as the Savior. It is important to understand that Christ was holy at birth and remained so throughout his life, and not to believe heretics who recognize him as an ordinary person.
Based on the sermon of Archpriest A. Tkachev