When Joseph went to Bethlehem,
I think he took great care.
To place his tools and close his shop,
And leave no shavings there.....
To the world he was a carpenter's son, from Nazareth.
And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
What I have learned so far in writing about the names and titles of Jesus is that he was known for good and bad and every title falls short, standing alone. He was always more than that. The shadow that is cast by a name only tells part of the story. And the story is huge, hence, the 24 names, the 50 names, maybe even a hundred. At the same time, one name has so much to tell us. That he learned his father's trade was telling. It forecast his learning of becoming the Father's son and doing his Father's work to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man".
Here are twenty-four names of Christ and twenty-four days until Christmas. Check back here to find the contents page of this series