It is not just the fact that He was the sinless Son of God and died that cruel death on the cross for me, paying the price for my sin and all who will accept Him as Lord and Savior, it was the physical man Himself I wanted to visualize and understand.
I was reading a book, the name of which I have long forgotten, but in it the author stated that nothing was known of the early years of Jesus life, before He commenced His ministry other than He went missing for three days at the age of twelve - and of course His birth.
At a Church meeting one Sunday night, the Pastor toward the end of the meeting invited anyone who had testimony to share to come forward and share it with the Church, I got up, went forward intending to speak on what had taken place regarding my daughter and how God had moved in such a mighty way, when the memory of that book came to mind and changed the whole course of the talk.
This is similar to what the book had to say and mail I have had from others.
Mark's Gospel says simply that Jesus is "the Son of Mary," yet relates nothing about the events of his birth and family life. For Mark, being a disciple who believes in Jesus is more important than any ties of flesh and blood. He recalls Mary as a believer, a disciple of her Son, who does the will of God. (Mk. 3:31-35)
Copied from an article 'Mary the Mother of Jesus' Author unknown.
I just past over the statement above without much thought at the time, as one can tend to do when scanning through a book looking for the experiences and testimonies of the Author. It wasn't for a few days as I was going back through the book reading over sections that I found interesting that I came across those few lines again. I found myself pondering this statement, when all of asudden the old light bulb went on and I said to myself in my best Australian, 'Hangon, I do'. I went straight to my Bible and found almost straight away the following verses.
Mark. 6: 2 - 5.
2. And when the Sabbath day was come, He began to teach in the synagogue: And many
hearing Him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? And
what wisdom is this which is given unto Him, that even such mighty works are wrought by
3. Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at Him.
4. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and
among his own kin, and in his own house.
5. And He could there do no mighty work, save that He laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
It was these verses in the Gospel of Mark that gave me a greater insight into Jesus early life, He was a carpenter. Mark. 6:3. " Is not this the carpenter." Being a carpenter by trade myself and spending most of my working life in the building industry I know now how Jesus spent His early life, at least His working life.
He would have been working in the family business, making furniture, hanging doors, roofing houses, making and fitting window shutters etc. It was also stated in ' Mary the Mother of Jesus.' That Joseph's death was some years before Jesus' public ministry, which left Mary a widow, depended more than ever on her Son for support. If this is the case, He being the eldest son would have played a prominent roll in the running of business, quoting on jobs, supervising the work and most likely following up late payments and bad debts, something I bet He was very good at, He being who He was at the time, "Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." Matthew. 1:23. And still is today and forever.
I remember stating at the end of the testimony, which had taken a different course as noted. 'Just think the only carpenter who never cut Himself !' My hands are covered with the scares of my trade not to mention other parts of this body. I don't know where the statement came from, it was one of those just off the top type statements, made without thinking. After the meting was over and we were all standing around the hall sharing a cup of coffee and conversation, I was approached by one of the congregation who asked me why I felt that if He being a carpenter how I came to the conclusion that He never cut himself. The only answer I could give to his question was that I felt not a drop of His precious Blood could be spilt until He went to the Cross.
Jesus would have been a very robust and physically strong man given His occupation, every thing He made and built would have been done by hand, 'no power tools'. And the thousands of miles walked during His ministry. I think of the account when He entered the Temple and drove out all those who bought and sold.
13. And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
14. And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15. And when He had made a scourge of small cords, He drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
16. And said unto them that sold doves, take these things hence; make not My Father's house an house of merchandise.
According to Josephus, a first Century Jewish historian, 250,000 plus animals were sacrificed each Passover, if this is so than the market place must have been great in size with thousands of vendors and money changers taking part in this profaning of the Temple and the Law. The priests also sold licenses to the venders making the feast of the Passover a large sours of revenue adding to this profanation. Yet this one man, the man Christ Jesus physically drove them all out of the Temple. The tables of the money changers, being wealthy men would not have been some makeshift bench, Jews being Jews would had the best, the tables would have been made of heavy Oak and Cedar and possible quite large in size with lockable draws for their loot and possibly security screens around the front of the tables, much the same as we see in banks today only made of heavy timber or iron as corruption was rife amounts them and the vendors. These men would have also had a number of minders or bodyguards for added protection, but Jesus physically up turned these tables and drove them and their bodyguards out of the Temple. He was not the weak looking figure as portrayed in some of the paintings of Him that I have seen.
13. And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
In this account I also see Jesus displaying the very human emotions of rage and anger, they were directed at the evil that was going on which He could not tolerate. I know also this took place after He was baptized with the Holy Spirit and the commencement of His public ministry.
He experienced the same emotions that we all as humans experience yet He did not sin, this is a comfort to me at times and also troubling decerning the right reasons for displaying them, which at times is only to easy and when to keep them well under control.
17. And His disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me
I don't know how strong a person you may feel yourself to be spiritually or how zealous you are in pursuing a right relationship with God, but this bloke can not imagine himself, even in rage for the seemingly right reasons taking on thousands maybe even tens of thousands!
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