The Hands of a Carpenter

Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.” (Mark 6:1-3)

There were no parades for Jesus when He returned to His hometown of Nazareth. He came to build up their faith but they had too poor of a foundation to work with. The hands that built the world (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15,16; Psalm 95:5) were looked upon with disdain in His own neighborhood simply because, in their eyes, they belonged to a lowly Carpenter.  But did you know that is exactly what made them so special.

Jesus’ reputation was spreading and His lessons were impossible to refute but the eyes of most in Nazareth were blinded with prejudice. He was only a simple man to them. No one else in His family was special as far as they were concerned. Why should Jesus be any different from them? But He was different for the very reason that Nazareth thought He was same as them…it was because of His hands.

One day the people in Nazareth would come to see why the hands of this Carpenter were so special. They would see that Jesus built things with His hands that no architect has ever come close to designing, much less building.

He built a plow that still exists (Luke 9:62). He built a yoke that still works (Matthew 11:29).  He built His church – a house that has stood the test of time (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47; 1st Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 3:4-6 & 1st Peter 2:5).

So what made these things so special and revolutionary that He built as a Carpenter? It was His technique! You see, His technique was so unique because this Carpenter did not hold the nails of the things that He built with His hands – the nails held Him! (Psalms 22:16; John 20:25 & Revelation 1:7)

P.S – Incase you missed it the first time go back and read those verses again and see what the people said about those hands…it can still be said today if we are only willing to trust and use the things that those hands have built (Hebrews 3:1-6). EA



    1. Thank you for the gracious comments. Hope it encouraged you to think a little more about the work that the hands of Jesus accomplished. Randal deserves (as much as a person can deserve anything) a little more attention/appreciation so that’s why I nominated him for the “award.” I’m glad you found the blog and I look forward to more of your own insights and comments later on down the road Rick.

  1. I’ve never heard anyone teach on His “hands” before (believe it or not!) This is so interesting to me and I really appreciate your thoughts. You had me when you spoke of His technique and said, “this Carpenter did not hold the nails of the things that He built with His hands – the nails held Him!” I love that you provide the scriptures you’re referring to as well. Many blessings and thank you!

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