by Rex Yancey

Seeing Jesus As Commonplace
Rex Yancey
Mark 6:1-6

Several years ago I resigned my church to enter full-time evangelism. Since it was during the winter months when there were not many revival meetings, I took a job as a carpenter's apprentice. I started from the ground up, literally. I took a shovel and started digging a trench for the foundation. Day after day I enjoyed seeing the progress on the house. Wood working is not my hobby but I can see how someone would enjoy it.
Jesus went into His hometown to preach, teach, and heal. The people were astonished by His teaching; but they were offended at Him because He grew up in their hometown. He had success in other places. Why couldn't He have success there? Why is it that a foreign bird has prettier feathers? Didn't they know that many a ragged colt has made a noble horse? They knew He was getting His power from somewhere. So, it wasn't long before they accused Him of getting it from the Devil.
The Bible says, "Jesus could not do mighty works in Nazareth," not because it was His hometown, but because of their lack of faith. They saw Him as commonplace.
Faith is more important than feeling, fame, fortune, fate, or friends. Instead of us asking someone how they feel, we should ask them "How is your faith?"
Why was Jesus a carpenter? Was it because His father was one? Perhaps, however, I do not think there was anything about Him that was an accident or coincidence. I believe it was in God's design for Him to be a carpenter.
A carpenter makes things. Jesus spent more time on earth as a carpenter than He did doing anything else. He heard the hammering of nails from the time He was a child until the time He was nailed to the cross.
If He had been a fisherman, He would have been a good one. Wouldn't you like to go fishing with Jesus? Some of you would have to be more accurate in your measurements. If He had been a lawyer, He would have been the best one. Had He been a physician, He would have bee ...

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