Why as a Carpenter…

One of the most interesting theological things to ponder is why Jesus Christ–the Second Person of the Most Blessed and Holy Trinity incarnated into man’s both glorious and yet simultaneously pathetic form–when He came to Earth, and when He did incarnate among us, why did He allow Himself to be born into the life circumstances where He would be raised as a carpenter (or, more generally, as a tradesman), and it is indeed interesting to wonder why this was so given that Christ could have had Himself be born into a family that could have raised Him up into any position or profession in life, and yet He choose to be brought up in a family of tradesmen; now, while there are a number of reasons why I think that this is the case–for example, working with your hands and manual labor in general teaches you the value of hard-work and makes it easier to sympathize with other laborers–the one reason that I wish to focus on in this particular thought is that there is something about a tradesman (like a carpenter) that makes him needed, and thus approachable and respected, by every and any member of society and every class therein, for the highest king is nothing without the tradesmen who build his kingdom and even the lowest pauper will still have a need for a tradesman’s craft, and yet even further, a tradesman, in many ways, can relate to both king and pauper, for a king can admire the beauty of a tradesman’s craft and speak to him about it while a pauper can thank a tradesman for his work and yet not feel so lowly that he cannot relate to the tradesman at all, and, even more importantly, a person plying a more sinful trade fears no ill view or unjust judgement from a tradesman like they might from, say, a priest or nobleman, and so the tradesman, occupying a sort of middle ground in society as he does, and working at a trade that all other men need, is both approachable by all and appreciated by all (albeit at times grudgingly) in a way that few other professions are, and other so, unlike a king who a pauper cannot relate to, and unlike a pauper who a king would not respect, Christ came in the form of a man working a profession that all men would, generally speaking, both respect and appreciate, and thus by being raised in a family of tradesman, and being a tradesman Himself, Christ choose this, I contend,¬†so that He would be that much more approachable for all men, for he loves all men equally…and when we think of it in this manner, we see just how much Christ’s every decision, even the smallest, is, in so many ways, done for mankind’s sake, and that can only make us love Him all the more.


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