Did Jesus keep only the LETTER of the Law?
Going beyond the letter of the Law, Jesus always kept the Law in its full spiritual intent — in order to truly please the Father.
"And He Who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone because I always do the things that please Him" (John 8:29).
At the age of 12, Jesus was found in the Temple:
" . . . sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them and questioning them. And all those who were listening to Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers" (Luke 2:46-47).
How was it possible for Jesus to have such an extraordinary understanding of God’s Word at such a young age? First, Jesus had the Spirit of God without measure:
"He Whom God has sent speaks the words of God; and God gives not the Spirit by measure unto Him" (John 3:34).
Second, the Scriptures record that Jesus was taught DIRECTLY by God the Father. Once, when Jesus was teaching in the Temple, the Jews said, "How does this man know letters, having never been schooled?" (John 7:15) The phrase "having never been schooled" means that He was NOT taught in their rabbinical schools. Notice Jesus’ answer:
"My doctrine is not Mine, but His Who sent Me" (John 7:16).
Jesus was taught directly and personally by God the Father. Jesus said,
"He Who sent Me is true, and what I have heard from Him, these things I speak to the world . . . I do nothing of Myself [or of any man]. But as the Father taught Me, these things I speak" (John 8:26, 28).
Was Jesus' education PROPHESIED?
Isaiah prophesied of Jesus’ education by God the Father:
"The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of the learned, to know to help the weary with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as one being taught. The Lord GOD has opened My ear, and I was not rebellious, nor turned away backwards." (Isaiah. 50:4-5).
Jesus had DIRECT, instant communication with God the Father at all times.
As the Son of God, sent to be the Savior of mankind, Jesus had to have a perfect and complete understanding of the Father’s will. If He had failed even once to do the will of the Father, this sin would have brought Him under the death penalty, and we would have no Savior. In order to know the Father’s will in all things, Jesus had to be taught DIRECTLY by God the Father. No man — no scribe, no Pharisee, no learned sage or rabbi — could have imparted this divine knowledge to Jesus.