Monday, December 7, 2020

Jesus: Carpenter

-Roy Lessin, Jesus Name Above All Names

Is not this the Carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? -Mark 6:3 AMP

The name Carpenter tells us a lot about Jesus as a man, including His training, His skills, and His ability to work with wood. 

When I was a teenager, I loved the idea of working with wood and creating an object someone could use in a practical way. I took wood shop all three years in high school. Even though I loved building things, I always needed the help of my shop teacher. My biggest problem was lack of knowledge of the necessary steps needed to build something correctly.

When I finished high school, I was a long way from calling myself a skilled craftsman. A master craftsman is someone who works with excellence and clearly understands all the steps necessary to bring his work to its desired end.

In a spiritual sense, we can also look at Jesus as a carpenter. He is the one who is building your life with the skill of a master craftsman. He knows where to cut, where to sand the rough spots, where to chisel, how to straighten crooked boards, how to apply the right amount of pressure to shape the wood, where to join things together, and how to apply a lasting finish. As He does His work within you, He does so with the finished work in view, and He knows exactly what He needs to do in order to bring that work to completion.

©2011, 2020, Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow. Photo by Marina Bromley. All rights reserved.

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