MUSINGS – March 08, 2019

Matthew 13:53-58
When Jesus had finished these illustrations, he left that place. Jesus went to his hometown and taught the people in the synagogue in a way that amazed them. People were asking, “Where did this man get this wisdom and the power to do these miracles? Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary? Aren’t his brothers’ names James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? And aren’t all his sisters here with us? Where, then, did this man get all this?” So they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “The only place a prophet isn’t honored is in his hometown and in his own house.” He didn’t work many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Two new insights came to me in re-reading this passage. For some reason I had always thought that the lack of faith of the people in his home town had limited his ability to perform miracles. That isn’t true. He is God incarnate, God in the flesh. His power has no limits. But the people believed that he was only Jesus the carpenter. Their lack of belief in his true nature kept them from coming to him for healings. They knew he had been apprenticed to his father as a carpenter not apprenticed to a rabbi to become a teacher. Why would they listen to a carpenter explain the mysteries of heaven? Their lack of faith clouded their minds to the realities he revealed.

The second insight was that he was a carpenter. Oh,I’ve always know that his earthly father was a carpenter. But somehow it really hadn’t sunk in that he was an everyday tradesman, a blue-collar worker. His hands would have been rough and callused with broken fingernails that had dirt beneath them. No wonder that most, if not all, that he called to be his first disciples were also working men. He truly was a blue-collar savior.

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