When Jesus Set Down His Tools

Sometimes I get curious about the parts of Jesus’ life that are not documented. For example, what was it like when Jesus put down his tools and took up his ministry? Yes, Jesus is the Son of God, but He was also totally human. It had to be a big step.

Did He sit down one day and say the equivalent of, “Mom, we have to talk.”? Did He again tell her, “Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?”

Although I suspect He did not, you still have to wonder if He talked with His cousin, John the Baptist who was already successful “in the business.”

There’s no mention of Joseph after the trip to the Temple in Jerusalem when Jesus was still a child. If Joseph had died, what happened to the carpentry shop? What was the last thing He made? Did He finish it or walk away from it the way many of the disciples did when He said, “Come, follow me”?

Did His brother(s)/cousins/relatives still work there? Did this provide for His mother? If so, why did he charge John with taking care of Mary, His mother as He died on the cross?

Each of these questions reminds me that even the Son of God had many challenges just like those each of us faces every day. His ministry on earth included walking many miles along the paths of experience that we are walking two thousand years later. I suspect that even as He knew the choice He would make to honor the Father’s will, the decisions were still difficult changes in many ways.

Somehow it’s comforting to know that He knows our challenges first-hand.

It’s a reminder that He walks with us still.

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