Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Helping His Father

 In the carpenter shop. From the movie Jesus (ref).

Carpenter Josef probably received much help from the boys in his family. Profession went in the family and children learned the skills from their parents.

At least this is assumed by the extra-Biblical church traditions telling about the childhood and youth of Jesus to fill the gap in the story of His life left almost blank by the Gospels.

Christmas 2012 is approaching and the Christian world is preparing for the Birthday of Jesus. The central message of the celebrations is Incarnation - a theological word about something existing coming to flesh. According to the famous words at the beginning of the Gospel of John 1:14

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.

Pre-existent helper of Father
Gospel of John begins with an awesome description of this pre-existent Word in the Beginning reflecting back to the creation of the world.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.
John 1:1-3

Of course, we humans cannot understand such divine things beyond what the Spirit of God reveals to us and makes us to understand. But in His love He does:

But as it is written: "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him."
But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit. For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so no man knoweth the things of God, but the Spirit of God.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God.
These things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged by no man.

 "For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:9-16 KJV21

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