Physical Fitness


Jesus Christ was strong and extremely physical fit.

He was a carpenter and carpenters in those days not only worked with wood, they worked with stones. They had no power tools of course so the wood had to be cut by using hand tools and great physical labor which must have took long, tedious hours to work with. The wood was not like what we see today; two by fours or four by sixes. They worked with large timbers of roughhewn wood. These timbers had to be cut down by hand and they had to be sawed down into workable sections.

They had to be debarked and sanded. And carpenters in those days worked with stone more than they did wooden beams. And these stones were just not simple stepping stones or mortar bricks but more like boulders and these boulders had to be chiseled and cut down to size. 

Every bit of the carpenters work was extremely labor intensive and so we should realize that Jesus had to have been a big, strong man with great physical strength, yet He kept this strength under control in what is a good description of meekness: Strength under control. 

So we see that Jesus was a man’s man and may have had the body of a heavy construction worker. He must have been an imposing physical specimen. It is unlikely he had long hair, that would made him have stand out of the crowd as that was considered a disgrace and would surely get in the way of his work as carpenter. 

Let's not forget about Moses either. He must have had some muscles, the old man. He climbed the mountain with stone tablets twice! After he broke the first tablets out of anger.

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