Jesus Christ was fully human, but he never stopped being fully God.
Philippians 2:7 says Jesus “made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” God, the second person of the Trinity, made himself into human likeness.
Isaiah 53:2 describes Jesus, the man, as humble in appearance. The verse declares, “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”
No royal embellishments, no self-exaltation, no majesty.
Just like us Jesus was born of a woman (Luke 2:7). He became tired (John 4:6), thirsty (John 19:28), and hungry (Matt. 4:2). He could marvel (Matt. 8:10) and be amazed (Mark 6:6). Jesus wept (John 11:35, Luke 19:41). He lived on earth and was able to die. Jesus was every bit human. He enjoyed his family and lived and worked in his community.
Consider the following two aspects of Jesus’s earthly work-life and apply them to your life today.
Jesus did ordinary work.
Like you he was recognized by his occupation. In Mark 6:3 Jesus’s neighbors saw him and asked, “Isn’t this the carpenter?”
Jesus learned a skill, picked up tools, and made things. He worked alongside others.
Jesus worked as an example for you to follow.
First Corinthians 15:49 says, “And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.”
Jesus worked in obedience to his Father.
When giving the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai, God says, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work” (Exod. 20:9). As a young man, Jesus worked six days a week in obedience to this command. His labor and work were acts of obedience to his Father. In doing this Jesus validated the significance and dignity of the everyday, ordinary work and the workers who do it.
To get up and go to work is to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.