ISN’T THIS THE CARPENTER’S SON? It appears people have always had a hard time believing the King of Glory could come from such humble circumstances even when the King of Glory stood before them and spoke with God’s wisdom. “Coming to His hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him,” (Matthew 13:54-57a NIV).
The same kind of thing happens today. People fail to accept the reality of God leaving the throne of heaven, being born in a stable, being raised in a carpenter’s shop, having a mother, brothers and sisters, having only the education of his day and yet being the Savior of all mankind. As Jesus said of those of His day in His hometown, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home,” (Matthew 13:57b NIV). So all around us today there are those who give Jesus no honor, no respect, use His name in vain, and yet are often amazed at His great teachings and deride His followers when we fail to live up to Jesus’ teachings.
The Apostle Paul reminds us, “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him,” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29 NIV). Isn’t it just like God to place His Son at birth in the lowest of places and raise Him in the most humble of circumstances so that most of the human race could identify with Him in their search for a Savior? At this Christmas season we take no offense at the name of Jesus or His teachings but we readily accept the Carpenter’s Son as our Lord and Savior and praise Him and exalt Him to His rightful place in our lives. Let us give honor to whom honor is due in our lives and in our homes.