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Sunday, April 30th, '17

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OVERCOMING LABELS

"Is not this the carpenter's son?" (Matthew 13:55)

 

Because he is Joseph's "son" then he is expected to imitate Joseph's world. He can never rise above the surroundings of a carpenter, which back then included blacksmithing and minor skills in woodwork and stonework. But the pay was lousy and the future dim. He would be stuck in Nazareth the rest of his life, which probably would be shortened by a bent back and muffled dreams.

 

Jesus refused to comply to that identity. If He was "the carpenter's son" then He would see carpentry as "my Father's business" (Luke 2:49), the architecture that went into blueprinting the heavens. The offense of His critics was over the fact that a mere carpenter was working miracles. "Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?" Obviously, he was a copycat, forging someone else's lines. No Nazarene carpenter ever went to college. Just who does he think he is?

 

It's too bad but a fact of life that a young Jesus will have to leave his hometown to have any hope of fulfilling bigger dreams. "A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house" (vs 57). If that's the case then buy a bus ticket, the sooner the better. Personally, I've discovered I'm seen more as an expert when I'm 500 miles or more from home. That doesn't have to be. Stand up where you are and say, "I don't do labels". They lumped him in with "his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas" (vs 55). Those were uneventful names. What right does Jesus have to break away from the pack? Every right! You were created to be you, not your brothers, not your sisters.

 

Doesn't it irk you when you're marginalized as an appendage - "Oh, you're "Tom's brother. Oh, you're Ralph's boy..." No, say, "Uh, Tom is my brother". You have been given as much faith and ability as the next guy. You too are made in the likeness and image of God, so don't settle for a generic branding. "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" (John 1:46) Well, there hadn't been but there always can be a first. Jesus became that first. He walked back into the Nazareth synagogue after a forty-day fast and announced, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me..." and the rest is history. Value came the moment He shook off the label.


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