Things are really cool in Nazareth
Luke 2: 39-40
“When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.”
One of the many highlights of having relaxing time at Christmas is to watch the many great films that become personal traditions. For my family it is the film called NATIVITY. Lots of humour and lots of really good songs that remain in your head. Like this one:
Things are really cool in Nazareth,
Our city is full of joy,
‘Cause this is where girl meets boy.
The town of Nazareth is not mentioned in the Old Testament neither does it appear in the Talmud (the first written collection of the Oral Jewish Law). In the time of Jesus it is definitely insignificant. Nathanael says in John 1:46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” The name means uncertain and it sits half-way between the Sea of Galilee (and how many miracles and stories of Jesus would come from there?!) and Mount Carmel (often used to describe a fruitful place, Is 35:2; Elijah defeated 450 false prophets there 1 Kings 18).
So today …
You may describe your situation and place of life as the following:
- In limbo – believing in miracles but not seeing them, believing in fruitfulness and victory but not experiencing it.
This is Nazareth.
And before you dismiss this place read what Luke writes again:
“And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.”
It is here in this place which Nazareth signifies, that Christ in you will grow, that as you host His presence then His influence through your life will increase and that you will be marked by grace.
When the circumstances are most difficult that is where God seems to enjoy growing.
Nazareth is a good place to be after all. Things are really cool in Nazareth.