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 his hands? 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.
Was Jesus so ordinary that they couldn’t recognize His greatness? Was He so humble and meek and lowly that they couldn’t see beyond what they thought they knew Him to be? In their eyes, He was just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of some people they knew, and they saw nothing special about that family, nothing special in the man who spoke with authority and demonstrated the power and wisdom of God before their very eyes.
Jesus was much more than just a carpenter from a small town, and they couldn’t see just how much they needed Him. They didn’t understand that that humble carpenter was rebuilding lives and repairing brokenness all around Him. Those hands that were used to building things can build us, too. Those hands that smoothed rough pieces of wood can take away our sharp edges. Those hands can fashion us into something fit for His use.
The truth is that Jesus is the master builder, and He created everything in perfection and then made man in His image, and He is still molding and shaping people today. He made us, and He continues to work in us so we can be whole and complete in Him. Will we allow those hands that are so used to creating to make us into something new? Will we trust that He is more than an ordinary carpenter but is, in fact, the Son of God and is in control of our lives?
The people of Jesus’ day marveled at the power and wisdom that He had, but many still rejected Him. Many refused to believe He was anything special. Many would refuse to accept that He came from God even after seeing His miracles and hearing His Word. May it not be so for us. May we know Jesus truly for who He is. May we be willing to allow His wisdom and power to be at work in our lives. May He not just be a man we know about, but a Savior we have a personal relationship with.