“What could be more rewarding than the knowledge that the Carpenter from Nazareth has built mansions for us in heaven!” – Barbara Johnson (*quote, not Scripture)
While carpentry wasn’t seen as a “holy profession” back in Jesus’ day (and let’s face it – probably not now in our day either!), Jesus took on the profession of His earthly father, early during His time on earth. “Then they scoffed, ‘He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.’ They were deeply offended and refused to believe in Him.” (Mark 6:3)
Jesus took on an earthly profession that involved both hard labour and creativity. He was not afraid to work diligently like His earthly father while He was here on earth in a human body.
We as humans can learn from the diligence and creativity of Jesus, as He created items that were both functional and crafted. Jesus’ earthly profession reminds us that He knows all of our human struggles – even that of a long, hard work day. We can work diligently and creatively, following His example.