Tidings for Tuesday

Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brethren James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? Matthew 13:55

I ran a Google search on the term ‘Jesus Christ’ and received 112 million responses! Every history and reference book includes Jesus, as does every on-line reference. Some of the descriptions are slanted, twisted, or outright wrong in how they identify Jesus of Nazareth. Only a few, the descriptions presented by the most fundamental and scripturally sound organizations, are near the truth as it is contained in the Bible. So it is little wonder that we find the people in our text getting some of the facts wrong concerning Jesus, even though they were His neighbours and acquaintances from His early years. They were wrong about His Father. Even today, most will deny that Jesus was, and is, the Son of God.

The Gospels of Matthew and Luke make it clear that Jesus was not the son of Joseph, the carpenter. Not that there was any shame for anyone to be a son of a hard-working and honest tradesman. Growing up in the carpenter’s home, Jesus no doubt spent many hours of labour with carpenter’s tools. There is little doubt that He was Joseph’s helper on many projects, and many would assume that he was Joseph’s son. According to the writings of Justin Martyr in the second century, Jesus was a maker of farming implements such as yokes and ploughs. But no carpenter’s son – nor any son of a merchant, herdsman, banker, prince, or emperor – was worthy to be the Lamb of God. Only One born of a woman, born of the Holy Spirit, could qualify as holy, undefiled, and separate from simmers. To identify Jesus as the carpenter’s son was to miss the all-important truth of deity taking on humanity to become our substitute in bearing the judgment for sin.

No, this was not the carpenter’s son. And their identifying Him so disqualified them from receiving the blessings that He had come to give. We read three verses later that Jesus did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Today, people all around us are missing out on the magnificent blessings that come from acknowledging that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. To confess that Jesus is Lord and to believe in the heart that God has raised Him from the dead is to receive salvation (Romans 10:9). But all those who deny that Jesus is the Son of God (1 John 4:3) set themselves against Him and are condemned. As Christians, no truth is held more highly nor regarded more precious than that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world (1 John 4:14).

Our trust is in the Son of God, not the son of a carpenter, because we accept the record of the Word of God. -Jim MacIntosh

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