Is not this the carpenter?

Leslie H. Sabo Jr. was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He graduated from high school in 1966 and his life was not unusual until 1970.

On May 10, 1970, Sabo was a rifleman in Company B, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. On that date, Sabo was in a battle in Cambodia. This Youngstown boy whose life was otherwise unremarkable defended his fellow soldiers at the cost of his own life in the Vietnam War.

It took 42 years for his widow to receive the Medal of Honor from President Barak Obama. Until 2012, many people had never heard of him. Even many who had known him in Youngstown probably didn’t think there was anything special about him. His fellow soldiers knew. Some of them kept prodding the Defense Department to give him the award posthumously.

The people living in Nazareth when Jesus was alive didn’t realize who he was. They had known him as the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon (Mark 6:3). They said, “Is not this the carpenter?” He was just another face in the crowd to them. Not even his miracles caused them to think of him in different terms.

Even some disbelieve him today because they don’t believe he was any different than anyone else who has ever lived. The Jews are not the only ones who have not believed in Jesus, the miracles he performed, and the truths he taught. His hometown folks turned their backs on him.

Have you turned your back on Jesus? If so, take another look. He is the only human in history who genuinely healed the blind, cured the deaf, and raised the dead. Isn’t it time you gave him another chance?

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