Chapter three of a little book called The Wonderful Names of Jesus by Warren W. Wiersbe is entitled ‘The Carpenter’. He begins with Mark 6:1-2, but I’ll give you verse 2 and 3:
When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! 3Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
I cannot say that I would not have also taken offense to Jesus, if I were one of the many who had heard him at that time. Today, however, I am able to relate to Jesus and heed to his teaching because he was a carpenter. He, too, had to live and work in this world. He had a trade. He used his hands to “build and repair” in order to earn a living with his earthly father.
These days, My Carpenter Friend, spends quite a bit of his time building and repairing my life and the lives of his beloved all over the world. In his supreme wisdom, he teaches me through life experiences and the Scriptures. He continues to amaze with blessings and miracles, especially, I find, in difficult times.
“But wasn’t he just a carpenter?” Yes, but not just. He had a mission to save us from our sins and give us an abundant life – here on earth and in the one to come. And he fulfilled that mission. To quote Wiersbe, “he died a carpenter’s death”. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, (1 Peter 2:24), so that he could save us and build, with expert craftsmanship, something beautiful from each of our lives.
What a Carpenter! What a Friend! What a Saviour!