Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

Vol. 1, No. 3 Page 5 March 1999

Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

Jesus the Carpenter

By Wade Webster

On one occasion, some were amazed at Jesus' wisdom and miracles and asked, "Is not this the carpenter's son? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? (Matthew 13:55). Those who knew Jesus as a child couldn't believe how far He had come from His humble beginnings. They looked at Jesus as the carpenter's son rather than as God's Son. Although they needed to look at Jesus in a new way, it is profitable for us to consider Him as a carpenter.

Jesus the carpenter made the world. John wrote, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made" (John 1:1-3). The context makes clear that the Word was Christ (1:14). Paul wrote, ". . . God, who created all things by Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 3:8-9). It is easy to see the perfect design of the world. If the earth were any further from the sun, we would freeze to death. If it were any closer to the sun, we would burn up. The Psalmist correctly wrote, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge" (Psalms 19:1-2).

Jesus the carpenter built the church. When Simon confessed that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus responded by blessing Peter and promising to build His church. He said, ". . . thou art Peter, and upon this rock, I will build by church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). Jesus built His church on the first Pentecost following his resurrection (Acts 2:47). It is not hard to see the perfect construction of the church.

    It is built on a foundation that will never crumble (1 Corinthians 3:11). It's walls are made of living stones which are perfectly ordered by the chief cornerstone (1 Peter 2:4-6) and cemented together with the mortar of love (John 15:12). It is adorned by a solid door which can only be opened by the owner (John 10:7, 9; Revelation 3:7). It has a window which fills the house with light (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalms 119:105).
As Christians, we must continually give thanks that we are part of the church that Jesus built.

Jesus the carpenter is building mansions in heaven. Shortly before His departure from the earth, Jesus said,

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:2-3).
It is easy to see the perfect design of the place that Jesus is preparing for us. It is located in paradise (Revelation 2:7). Heaven's climate is perfect. The sun will not light on us nor any heat (Revelation 7:16). Heaven features the sparkling river of life and the beautiful tree of life (Revelation 22:1-2). That place is located on a golden street (Revelation 21:21) inside gates of pearl which never have to be shut (Revelation 21:25). finally, in that place we will have wonderful neighbors (Revelation 21:27). A more beautiful place has never been prepared by any carpenter.

The greatest things which have ever been built were built by Jesus the carpenter. When we consider the world, the church, and the home that Jesus is preparing for us, we must thank God for Jesus the carpenter as well as Jesus the savior.


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