During Jesus’ earthly ministry he taught about many vocations. He taught about farming. He said, “A sower went forth to sow,” but Jesus was not a farmer. He taught about shepherding. He said, “I am the good Shepherd,” but Jesus’ earthly ministry was not that of a shepherd. Jesus was a teacher, a physician, but Jesus chose the life of a carpenter. Let me give you four reasons why He chose this as His earthly vocation.
First of all, He was born into a carpenter’s home. The Jewish people were expecting their Messiah to come as a King. They were expecting a great earthly conqueror. But Jesus came to conquer sin, not people. He came as a carpenter.
Secondly, He came to do the work of a carpenter. A carpenter builds and repairs. John 1:3 says, “All things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made.” Jesus can build or repair your life if you will let Him.
Thirdly, Jesus followed a carpenter’s methods. A carpenter looks at a piece of wood and sees potential where you and I simply see a piece of wood. Jesus looks at us and sees potential. Aren’t you glad Jesus has never given up on the potential He sees? The Jews looked at Paul and saw a zealous Pharisee. Jesus looked at Paul and saw a missionary. They looked at Peter and saw a fisherman; Jesus looked at Peter and saw a pastor. When no one else believes in you, Jesus does. So believe in Him!
Fourthly, Jesus died a carpenter’s death. Jesus was not stoned to death, nor was He burned at the stake; but He was nailed to a tree for each of us. Jesus died a carpenter’s death in order that our Christmas may be merry.
From Mrs. Rouse and me, Merry Christmas!
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✞ Have a blessed Christmas!!
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