Did Jesus Know he was God?

I am currently taking a course through Edx on Jesus in the Scriptures.  It is offered by Notre Dame(a catholic university) and is free to take as are all ed x courses.

A peer of mine posted two questions here is the second:

My second question is in relation to Jesus divinity. I believe that Jesus is God and man, but I wonder if Jesus knew he was God from the very beginning of his life, or was the realization of him being God something that he came to know from God? Or was the realization of who he is confirmed at His Baptism?

and this is my answer:

I think of Jesus as a young boy going to the temple and his parents worried because they can’t find him…

and he says

Luke 2:41-52New International Version (NIV)

The Boy Jesus at the Temple 41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”[a] 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

now to expand on that thought for this site

Yes, I believe Jesus knew from a very young age that he was God’s son.  Did he know the full implication of that at a young age?

We don’t know for sure.  It grew on him, he became aware of his calling as God’s son.

Remember he was fully human….fully divine.

Want to dig deeper? Check out this blog:

Catholic Stand

or this article from EWTN

from the catechism of the catholic church

472 This human soul that the Son of God assumed is endowed with a true human knowledge. As such, this knowledge could not in itself be unlimited: it was exercised in the historical conditions of his existence in space and time. This is why the Son of God could, when he became man, “increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man”,101 and would even have to inquire for himself about what one in the human condition can learn only from experience.102 This corresponded to the reality of his voluntary emptying of himself, taking “the form of a slave”.103

473 But at the same time, this truly human knowledge of God’s Son expressed the divine life of his person.104 “The human nature of God’s Son, not by itself but by its union with the Word, knew and showed forth in itself everything that pertains to God.”105 Such is first of all the case with the intimate and immediate knowledge that the Son of God made man has of his Father.106 The Son in his human knowledge also showed the divine penetration he had into the secret thoughts of human hearts.107

Finally a thought that Jesus no doubt had daily


(by the way I did not come up with this but found it on google images looking for something else)

If we put God first in our thoughts, and prayers, today and everyday….then…we live as Jesus lived, do as Jesus did  and we help open the Gospel to those around us.


About ellasurreau

I am a first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.
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