“Just” a Carpenter
Written by: Veronica Epler
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Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the
brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.”
They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.
- Mark 6:3
Trades were a lowly work in Jesus’ time, and they still aren’t praised today as much as they should be.
I don’t know about you, but in high school I was encouraged to go to college - not join a trade.
Trades weren’t even spoken of in school. The only reason I thought highly of them was because my own dad is a carpenter.
I got to see firsthand all of the great things he helped contribute to building.
So, I imagine Jesus was the same growing up as his father Joseph was a carpenter.
Maybe He even got the whole, “Look Jesus, I helped build that!” like I did driving around town. Who knows!
We don’t have a lot of context of His life growing up, but for the Messiah to be born of a carpenter and not an earthly King was a big deal. It made it that much harder for people to believe who He truly was - God on earth.
We see in Mark how Jesus was teaching in the synagogue in Nazareth and they didn’t believe Him. They didn’t believe He was qualified to perform miracles because of His lineage (being the son of a carpenter).
“Then Jesus told them, ‘A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.’” - Mark 6:4
So He heals a few who are sick and leaves astounded at their unbelief (Mark 6:5-6).
Could you imagine rejecting JESUS like that?!
Can you imagine the rejection He felt? Those were the people He grew up with and around! And they didn’t accept Him.
But Jesus is so much more than that.
“‘For the time is coming,’ says the Lord, ‘when I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. He will be a King who rules with wisdom. He will do what is just and right throughout the land.’” - Jeremiah 23:5
Jesus is our King. He is the most righteous King we could ever hope for.
He will always do what is just and right.
He is the wisest of all kings.
He is our eternal hope and salvation.
I often think about how many people rejected Him during His time on earth and wonder how they could not see Him for who He was!
But then I think...would we recognize Him today if He was here?
I’m not so sure we would.
Maybe we’d think He would be too good to be true.
Maybe He wouldn’t match the image in our minds of what He is supposed to look like.
Maybe He won’t say what we want Him to say.
So maybe this is the issue the people of Nazareth had?
This Jesus they grew up knowing now is revealed to be someone else they aren’t comfortable with.
But that’s the thing! Jesus isn’t here to make us comfortable. He is here to make us disciples!
So, I challenge you today friend to see Jesus for who HE is and not for who YOU want Him to be.
Dig into the Word and look for scripture that shows His true character. For He is unchanging!
“Then Jesus told her, ‘I AM the Messiah!’” - John 4:26
1. What is one way you are portraying Jesus as how you want Him to be rather than who He really is?
2. How can you be a disciple for Jesus today?
Heavenly Father, I come humbly to You today to repent and ask for forgiveness. I have instilled these expectations for Jesus that I want Him to be rather than seeing Him for who He truly is. So forgive me, Lord; I want to see You in all Your glory and follow You as a disciple should. Help me to see You for You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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