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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Son of a Carpenter



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! Isn't this the carpenter?
- Mark 6:2-3a



Of all the ways that God could have come to this earth, I find it very interesting that He chose to come as someone who appeared to be nobody special (Isaiah 53:2). He could have come as a powerful king, a great warrior, or even a knowledgeable doctor; but instead He came as the son of a Carpenter, born into a lowly working trade.

I found myself wondering why God chose to come the way He did... Why He chose to come as a lowly worker- like His people who He sought to save. I wondered why God would make himself among the lowliest if He was coming to be the greatest.

I think we can all relate to being lowly, or looking under-qualified. I think we have all been in a situation where we wonder how we can accomplish something, or if God has the wrong person. We look at ourselves and say that we are a nobody, we're not anything special... and we certainly do not have the wisdom for the task ahead.

I guess you could say it would be like a carpenter who is suppose to save God's people from their sins.

I personally believe that one of the reasons Christ came as a lowly carpenter, was to show us that with God anything is possible (Matthew 19:26). That even though we do not appear to be anything special, with God we are something special. That even though we lack the wisdom ourselves, with God we can have the wisdom needed to fulfill the tasks ahead.

God came as one of His people, to show His people that with Him, and through Him, we can do all things. Today, no matter how lowly you feel, or how much you lack, remember with God you are complete. With God you are special, and God plans to use you for great things (Jeremiah 29:11).