Have you ever wondered about the miracle that is our hands?
Our hands contain 27 bones, several of which I have broken over the years. The human hand has unique anatomical features, including a longer thumb and fingers that can be controlled individually to a higher degree than mammals that have similar opposing thumbs.
God designed animals ‘hands’ to grasp, but the dexterity he built into our hands is significantly different than any of his other creations.
Hands are significant for scratching where it itches, rubbing Betty’s back and neck at night, holding Jessie’s leash and more creative, artistic uses in painting, sculpting, writing, etc.
A creative use of the hands is in carpentry. My maternal grandfather, after he retired as a mechanic with Greyhound bus company, became a talented carpenter/cabinet maker. To the best of my memory, he preferred hand tools to power tools that were available to him.
I suspect there was a ‘feel’ of the wood that he could sense through the use of hand tools that is missing with power tools.
It’s always been interesting to me that Jesus took the same profession as his earthly father Joseph — that of a carpenter.
The Bible in Colossians 1:16 tells us that Jesus was the creator of all things: “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. “
In his life as a carpenter, creating useful things to support his family, he learned to ‘feel’ the wood as did my grandfather.
I wonder if he ‘felt’ the wood of the cross as he was nailed to it on this day we call Good Friday?
On this day the carpenter become one with the wood of the cross as the nails were pounded into his hands and feet.
On this day we call ‘Good,’ Jesus, the creator carpenter, created a new life for each of us. He created a way to restore our broken relationship with God.
The words spoken by the thief dying on the cross next to Jesus are so important… “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Here was a man who probably sinned his whole life and was now being punished for this lifetime of sin. Yet, in that moment, he recognized Jesus for who he was and spoke those words.
Then Jesus spoke the words, I long to hear some day… “Today, you will be with me in paradise.”
The thief accepted the sacrificial gift of the Great Carpenter and that gift is available to all of us. All we have to do is accept it.