Original created 1936
Joseph, the workman, and his family are at work at their home in Nazareth. Scripture tells us that Jesus went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. We see Him here carving a vine in a panel of wood. Later, in His manhood, near the close of His public life, the vine is the subject of His discourse. He said in part ” I am the true vine: and my Father is the husbandman.” J. 15:1: “I am the vine, you are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing”, J. 15;15 “Abide in my love. J. 15:9.
In the background we see the Virgin Mother approaching bringing refreshment to father and son. Her left hand steadies a water jar carried on her shoulder, suggestive of the living water of grace which we receive through her. In her right hand are grapes symbolic of the blood of our redemption.