2012_ 06_03 Jesus _ A Carpenter_ Ron Burgio

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A Carpenter:

A Carpenter Hebrews 2:17-18 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

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Expiation and Propitiation Expiation deals with forgiveness from the perspective of sin or the sinner. Propitiation deals with forgiveness from the perspective of God Expiation means to cover, cleanse or remove the sin Propitiation means to satisfy the justice, judgment and wrath of God

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Hebrews 4:15-16 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

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You can come to the throne of grace! There is mercy, grace, and help in our times of need and temptation! Jesus is full of mercy and is a merciful high priest because He knows what it’s like to live on this earth! Why did He become a man?

1. Jesus understands Relationships:

1. Jesus understands Relationships

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Relationships cause us a great deal of joy and a great deal of pain! Mark 6:3 Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses , Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?"

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He knows what it’s like to have problems with your family! Mark 3:31-35 31 Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. 32 And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, "Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You.“

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Mark 3:31-35 33 But He answered them, saying, "Who is My mother, or My brothers?" 34 And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.“

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Mark 3:21 But when His own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, "He is out of His mind."

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He knows what it’s like to have friends! Mary, Martha and Lazarus were close friends. They were upset when Lazarus died and He didn’t come! Both of them said, “Lord, if you had only been here!” Peter, James and John were close friends who left Him in His time of need.

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He knows what it’s like to have people not like Him. He is perfect and there are people that didn’t like HIM.

2. Jesus understands Work:

2. Jesus understands Work

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The Creator became the creation. God became a man! God became a carpenter! Mark 6:3 Is this not the carpenter

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He was a laborer. He knew what it meant to have blisters. He also understood what it was like to own your own business. He understood the frustrations of the marketplace. He understood what it meant for the economy to slow down

3. Jesus understands Pain:

3. Jesus understands Pain

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Isaiah 53:3,5,7 3 He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted , Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter

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Jesus knew physical and emotional pain! He knows what it’s like to be rejected and made fun of! He was called illegitimate. He was scourged, beaten, his beard plucked out, thorns, and nails through his body. He doesn’t love you because you’re perfect.

He loves you because He knows what an incredible struggle it is to live in a fallen world with the devil as your enemy! :

He loves you because He knows what an incredible struggle it is to live in a fallen world with the devil as your enemy!

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Why did He give up heaven, be born, be a toddler and a teenager and have relationship problems and get cold and hungry and be tempted? So He could be a merciful and faithful priest, not a judgmental and critical priest. Most of us are more judgmental and critical than Jesus is!

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For 33 years, He was a carpenter; a human being so He could be a merciful and faithful priest that we could go to in our time of need and receive grace and help!

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