Just to Get Back in the Habit

of writing: here’s a thought I had a couple months ago as I was planing some trim for the house. (I’d be very surprised if it’s new to all my readers, but it was new to me.)

According to the story, Jesus starts his ministry at (about) 30. I always figured that–up until then–he led a relatively normal life. Perhaps it was punctuated by thoughts about his later crucifixion, but also, you know, relatively normal. Besides, He had ultimate faith in the Father, and outright knowledge that He would rebuild the Temple in three days…so perhaps a bit worried, but also secure in the knowledge that before He started His ministry it was basically a different later life. Before the Wedding in Cana is was just a normal life; a basically comfortable pause before the storm.

As I wondered about that previous normal life it occurred to me that His ministry had probably already started, and that for Him there had been one whole life which was not sectioned off as “pre-ministry” and “post-ministry”. Because Jesus, sent from Heaven to die on a wooden cross for our sins, was a carpenter from his youth. He knew the wood by earthly sight and touch. He would have known the beams’ other uses; what they were good for, and not good for. He knew how its grain ran. He would have known the skill (or its lack) of the carpenter who made the cross. Every day He got up to go to work to get better acquainted with the very stuff that would be used to kill Him.

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2 thoughts on “Just to Get Back in the Habit

  1. So I wonder, after the Word became flesh, emptied himself, took the form of a servant, and was born in the likeness of men, how and when did He come to understand who He is and what His mission was. It would seem that at least by 12 years old He knew who His father was, yet after the temple incident He grew in wisdom and stature. Jesus had put Himself into a position of having to learn and grow.

  2. “Because Jesus, sent from Heaven to die on a wooden cross for our sins, was a carpenter from his youth. He knew the wood by earthly sight and touch. He would have known the beams’ other uses; what they were good for, and not good for. He knew how its grain ran. He would have known the skill (or its lack) of the carpenter who made the cross. Every day He got up to go to work to get better acquainted with the very stuff that would be used to kill Him.”

    Love that you put it this way.

    Reminded of David being a shepherd from youth, which doesn’t sound so impressive to our modern ears, but involved fighting and killing lions and bears – hard manly work that prepared David to shepherd Israel while fighting her enemies.

    Also makes me think of Jesus as a builder; so his early career was also preparation to build a church with himself as the foundation.

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