The Lord Becomes a Carpenter – By Father Gabriel Alkass
This time of year, we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph’s revelation. But today, let’s also look at this from a different perspective. And I’ll call this sermon “The Lord Becomes a Carpenter,” and we will look at it from a different perspective.
The reason for St. Joseph’s revelation was the equivalent of the three wise kings coming from the East, asking King Herod the question, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” – Matthew 2:1-2
Definitely, at that moment, Herod the King was stunned. God knew Herod intended to kill the child immediately, and He sent one of the angels telling Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt. Matthew 2:13.
So, the Holy Family remained for a little more than three years in Egypt and suffered a lot. On the way back to Israel, they settled in Nazareth. St. Joseph, as a carpenter, got Jesus into the carpentry business.
What made Jesus a carpenter and nothing else? Is it a coincidence to be a carpenter? Let’s look at 3 reasons why He became a carpenter.
- The first hint is – It took Noah decades to build an ark. He became a great carpenter and savior, saving his family from the deadly flood. And the rest of the world died because they did not repent.Do you see how important it is to repent? Now is the best time for us. Christmas fasting begins on the 15th of December.
- The second hint – look at 400,000 godless people trapped between the sea and the army of the Pharaoh. What are their choices for Moses in that situation? Nothing but to cry to God. All of us, with no exception, go through difficult times that seem to have no solution.Look to God and rely on Him. Cry out to Him, and He will get you a solution from His millions of solutions.So, Moses cried to God and reached out to the water with his foot into the ocean first, and then the wooden staff. Then God saved 400,000 of His people.
- And now the third, and most important hint – When it was time for the carpenter Jesus to save His people. To save the believers from sin and everlasting fire. He got one piece of wood from Noah and the other from Moses. He took the two pieces of wood and put them together as a cross and got nailed on the cross.
Through the wooden cross, Jesus was victorious over Satan and saved us. And for that reason, he became a carpenter.
Learn more in Father Gabriel’s sermon video here.
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