As the Day of Atonement draws to a close, it is inevitable that thoughts of Yahshua are uppermost. He fulfilled, once and for all time, that which had previously been demanded annually from Israel’s High Priest [Leviticus 16:1-22], remarkably fulfilling all the major roles Himself. He was our sin offering, our scapegoat, and [after His resurrection] our High Priest [Hebrews 9:24-26]! He is magnificent! Messiah, Redeemer, Prince of Peace, Son of Yahweh, the nobility of heaven condemned and criminalised, ignominiously hanging from a stake. “For [Yahshua] [the Messiah Himself] died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous (the Just for the unjust, the Innocent for the guilty)” [1 Peter 3:18, Classic Amplified]. It is a story to quicken the heartbeat and to infuse believers with respect, adoration and love.
Among the many amazing titles that the Bible gives to the King of Glory, surely one of the most endearing is that of ‘Carpenter’! Paul was following Yahshua’s great example when he wrote, “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” [1 Corinthians 9:22]. Yahshua walked companionly with ordinary folk and yet could hold His own with the highest in the land. By learning to make ploughshares and furniture at His foster-father’s work bench, by becoming the Carpenter of Nazareth, “He has imparted to a life of toil both dignity and nobility” writes J. Oswald Sanders.
Our beloved Yahshua meets us all precisely ‘where we are’! His doctrine is so profound, His wisdom of such quality, that He confounded the intellectuals of His day. His personal warmth, generosity and loving compassion, together with His passionate outbursts of anger, mean we can all relate to this Divine Human. His understanding of the human heart is absolute. He might not be physically handsome enough to attract our attention, or encourage us to take a second look [Isaiah 53:2], but His lifestyle and character are such as to win the hearts of all who do take time to ‘look at Him’. “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on [Yahshua], whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest” [Hebrews 3:1].