Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

Everywhere Jesus went, there was a different reaction from his audience. While many accepted his deeds as proceeding from God, others questioned even the authority with which he operated. As seen today, his townsfolk ask the same questions using the basis of what they knew about him as the reference: the carpenter and son of Mary.

In their eyes, there could be absolutely no way the person with that dual identity of being carpenter and son of Mary could be doing the things Jesus was doing thus they proceeded to conclude that they could neither accept nor believe anything that proceeded from him.

However, throughout the ministry of Jesus, one truth was always evident: what you accepted was what happened for you. Hence for those towns who saw him as a healer, he healed ALL who were sick. For those who saw him as the resurrection and life, he raised their dead; and for those villages who saw him as a miracle worker, he did many wonders. But in His hometown where they thought nothing of him but could only see a carpenter, he could do NO mighty work. After all, what could a noble carpenter do?

Beloved, Jesus remains the way maker, healer, miracle worker, promise keeper, the resurrection and the life. It is only our myopic vision of his identity that will make us see him as a carpenter. I believe we have come too far with him to still see him as Mary’s son, the carpenter. That is an absolute under-emphasis of all He is.

Remember # Jesus is definitely more than just a carpenter.

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