“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”  John 1:43-46

Being from Nazareth in Galilee placed a great stigma on Christ. Galileans were regarded by the religious aristocracy in Jerusalem as being backward and ignorant. So someone from Galilee would not be considered a worthy candidate for the role of Messiah. Nathanael’s scorn may have centered in the fact that Nazareth was an insignificant village without seeming prophetic importance. This betrays the people’s great ignorance, because Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea not Galilee, they did not bother to investigate His true birthplace, thus showing their attitude of a lack of interest in messianic prophesies. We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets wrote—This phrase encapsulates the stance in John’s whole gospel: Jesus is the fulfillment of Old Testament—You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me (John 5:39). Christ, who is the Word of God (John 1:14) is the main theme of Scripture. The Jews in the times of Christ searched for their Messiah, they searched the Scriptures for eternal life but were not willing to trust what they had found nor its only choice.

The true nature of Jesus who was thought to be common was actually revealed in Matthew 17:1-6: After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. The true nature of Christ was endorsed by the remarkable appearance of Moses and Elijah. But even more important, that nature was revealed in the display of His glory (” transfigured “) and the declaration of the Father (“My beloved Son”). The majesty of Christ was put on display on that mountain. In spite of His common appearance, common upbringing, common lifestyle, and common background, there was absolutely nothing ordinary about Christ. His majesty was undiminished by the ordinary manner in which He chose to reveal Himself. He was still the royal King of heaven, even though in the flesh He was robed in common human appearance.

Beloved friend, I encourage you, live for Christ Jesus, and His righteousness! Be all who He has made you to be, common and ordinary among mankind, yet, of the utmost importance to those who are near, and especially to God the Father, whose eyes are always upon thee! Your His special treasure! Nothing ordinary about you to Him who loves you!

May the Lord bless your walk with Him!

Author: rontrujillo

Married 37 years We have six children. All of whom are adult. Three are married one of them blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren. Retired Firefighter @ Boeing Aircraft 37 years (Formally McDonnell Douglas) Born Again Summer of 1981

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