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.
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