Carpenter Turned Savior
Pagdating ng Araw ng Pamamahinga, si Jesus ay nagturo sa sinagoga. Maraming tao ang nakarinig sa kanya at sa kanilang pagkamangha’y nagtatanungan sila, “Saan niya natutunan ang lahat ng iyan? Anong karunungan itong ipinagkaloob sa kanya? Paano siya nakakagawa ng mga himala? Hindi ba ito ang karpinterong anak ni Maria, at kapatid nina Santiago, Jose, Judas, at Simon? Tagarito rin ang kanyang mga kapatid na babae, hindi ba?” Kaya’t sila’y nagduda sa kanya at siya’y hinamak nila.
One Sabbath, Jesus was teaching with wisdom and authority at the synagogue. Those who were there marveled at His words. They wondered, “How can He know all these things? Did He study the law? But isn’t He a carpenter?” To understand their confusion and disbelief, this was like seeing your neighborhood car mechanic at a theological conference teaching about the Old Testament.
The people weren’t overreacting. Totoo namang karpintero Siya. Jesus learned the carpentry trade from His earthly father, Joseph. What could have crossed His mind when He cut and chiseled wood? Naisip kaya Niya na darating ang panahon na ang katawan Niya ay ipapako sa kahoy na tulad ng pinuputol Niya? Being fully God and yet still fully man, did He ever wish that He could just keep on working with wood and live the life of an ordinary man?
At the age of thirty, He put down the ax and other tools and answered the call of His Heavenly Father. Mula sa pagiging karpintero, Siya ay naging tagapagpahayag ng ebanghelyo. He stepped outside the carpenter’s workshop for the last time to preach the gospel to the world. He said in Luke 4:18 (NCV), “The Lord has put his Spirit in me, because he appointed me to tell the Good News to the poor. He has sent me to tell the captives they are free and to tell the blind that they can see again. God sent me to free those who have been treated unfairly.”
Prompted by His obedience to God, Jesus the carpenter became the teacher and healer who led us to the heart of the Father. He went from sawing wood to saving the world.
Dear Jesus, out of all the things You built here on earth, the best is the bridge You built so we can reach the Heavenly Father.
Nakaranas ka na ba ng unfair judgment because of a bias against your background or work? Remember that God can use anybody. Take a step of faith and talk to somebody about Jesus, the carpenter turned Savior today.