Labouring in God’s Kingdom Part – 5

Mark 6: 3 ——- Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.
 
When Jesus started His ministry, it was difficult for people to see Him as anything more than a carpenter. His family, neighbours and friends watched Him grow up making and fixing things. Back then, “Jesus the Teacher” took a little getting used to.

Here was the Son of God sent to earth on a redemptive mission of seeking and saving the lost, of proclaiming the Gospel, yet He spent the vast majority of His years on earth making things in an obscure carpentry shop.

Think about it for a moment. The very One who was the master craftsman of the universe spent a great deal of time during His 33 years on earth crafting things with His hands. The One who had masterfully fashioned humans from the dust of the earth was making chairs for people to sit on in their houses.

No doubt Jesus had strong, well-worn, callused hands. Jesus knew what it meant to get up and go to work every day. Jesus experienced both the exhilaration and exhaustion of putting in a hard day’s work. Jesus faced work and a workplace profoundly affected by sin.

I am sure Jesus dealt with difficult and demanding people in the workplace who complained about this and that. I am also confident that the sinless Son of Man not only modelled humility in the workplace, but also maintained a teachable spirit as he served under the tutelage of Joseph, His father.

Jesus’ work life tells us that He did not think being a carpenter was somehow below Him or a poor use of His many gifts for it was the work His Father had called Him to do.

At the appointed time, Jesus took on another role – the ministry of salvation for all of us. He was crucified for our sake, and died on the cross. Because He was pure, He rose from the dead. Jesus ended it all on the cross.

Our Lord loves us with a love so immense, willing to SURRENDER and FORGET HIMSELF for our sake; disposed to SACRIFICE AND EMPTY HIMSELF, until the last drop of His Blood for love of us; TOTALLY GIVING HIS LIFE for our happiness and salvation; ever ready to SERVE each one of us, taking upon Himself all the burden of our sins through the Sacrifice on the Cross.

ALL THESE WERE POSSIBLE BECAUSE OUR LORD WAS HUMBLE!
THE TRIUMPH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST’S LOVE FOR US WAS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH HIS HUMILITY.

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