The Bible doesn’t provide Jesus’ exact birth or death dates. Since we can’t say what his exact age was when he was crucified, the best approach would be to make an educated guess based on various historical facts.
To estimate Jesus’ age, we can start with studying Roman history that is spoken of in the Bible. We can also try looking at Jesus’ timeline as per the prophecies of Daniel in the Old Testament.
“How Old Was Jesus When He Died?” has often been a question that comes up, as we want to know its value compared to our own life. Was he in the best years of his life then? Or was he weakened by age?
At some point, we would have thoughts about our own mortality, and it would help us to be able to identify with Jesus. Let us be reminded of the resurrection during these times.
There aren’t any specific verses which tell us Jesus’ age when he died. There are Bible verses though, which tell us how old he was when he accomplished milestones in his life. These would be the verses which state the start of Jesus’ ministry and how long he preached until he died on the cross.
“And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,”
For Jesus to teach in the Temple area in Jerusalem, he would have had to have ancestral credentials. Luke 1:5 speaks of Elizabeth, a daughter of Aaron, whom his mother Mary was cousins with. This family connection allowed Jesus to preach in the Temple.
Numbers 4:3 lays out the guidelines to the Jewish priesthood as to when a man begins his full ministry – thirty years old:
“From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation.”
Considering all the details we have studied, we think he would have been around 33 years old when he was crucified.
Age shouldn’t be a number that just represents how long we have lived. What’s more important is how well we have lived within the time that has been given to us by God.
Each time we pray, it’s helpful to remember Psalm 90:12 which states, “…so teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
As God instructed through Paul (Ephesians 5:15-20):
“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
May we spend our days knowing God more and live a life that brings glory and honor to Him.
“And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years.”
— Edward J. Stieglitz
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