SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

JESUS THE BUILDER

by David Cawston


Jesus the Builder
David Cawston
Hebrews 13:8


Hebrews 13:8 (NLT)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

When we think of Jesus what type of things come to mind?

- Baby born in a manger
- Savior
- Healer
- Miracle worker
- Teacher
- Itinerant preacher
- Son of God
- Confronter
- Resurrected one

Story of man that came to the pastor and said, why do you always preach on the birth of Jesus and the resurrection of Jesus. Pastor sais ''you need to come to church more than just Christmas and Easter.''

But what did Jesus do in his early years when he was here on earth?

What was he known for in his home community?

What skill was he trained to do?

Mark 6:3 (NLT)
Then they scoffed, ''He's just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.'' They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.

Carpenter!

Let's look into this a little deeper.

The chosen translation from the Greek word ''tekton'' ''tecton'' to mean ''carpenter'' is a bit of a mistranslation. In fact, it is more aptly translated into a word describing a ''contractor''; specifically, contracting as a ''builder''. If you had something that needed mended/fixed, designed, or built, He was the guy to call.

Note: this isn't just referring to small jobs such as repairing a leaky roof or the like, though this type of thing would have likely been a part of what he did when bigger business was slow. It also refers to such things as designing and building bridges, stone temples, etc. So perhaps by today's notion of the profession, he'd more likely be called an ''engineer''.

So the Carpenter was a builder in that day!

It was from this background that Jesus used many illustrations about building.
Such as Luke 6:48 (NLT) Parable of the foundations and the storm.
It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters ri ...

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