Jesus the Nazarene

Jesus was born in Bethlehem but He was raised in Nazareth, which is why He was called a Nazarene.

Nazareth was not a respectable town – neither the birthplace of a king (like Bethlehem) or a glorious capital (like Jerusalem).  Nazareth was “a hick town,” “the sticks” – no place consequential.

Consider then the great irony that the God of the universe chose to experience adolescence in just such a locale and carry around just such a reputation into adulthood.  His family was God-fearing and righteous, so there was nothing to be ashamed of.  Yet in the sight of the world, it was a thoroughly unimpressive background.

From that place of obscurity, Jesus rose to become the greatest human who ever lived and then returned to His throne in heaven from whence He had begun the journey.  To say “Jesus the Nazarene” is to vocalize a great, great irony in the history of humanity.

Let us worship with all our hearts the God who so humbled Himself to redeem us.

Call on His Name:  Jesus the Nazarene.

Bible notes on this post.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church – or anything else – but Him.

4 Replies to “Jesus the Nazarene”

  1. Actually, Nazarene has nothing whatsoever to do with any place, but referred to a minor Jewish sect. A branch of the Essenes if memory serves?

    It was the writer of Matthew who concocted this fiction based on an erroneous translation and his assumption it must mean a title as in Londoner/London or Parisian/Paris.

    “For finding this man a pest, and moving sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a leader of the sect of the Nazaraeans.’ – Acts 24.5. (Darby Translation).

    Surely Matthew knew there was no prophecy and no mention of any town called Nazareth in all of Jewish literature?
    Other than this, maybe?

    “For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”

    – Judges 13.5.

    Do a little research…its all there if you wish to uncover the truth.
    Really, what you hold to as dear and truth is fiction devised for theological and political gain. Nothing more.

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