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Can anything good come out of this?

“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. Come and see, said Philip.”

-John 1:46


According to historians, Nazareth was an insignificant village that gained its popularity mainly from the fact that it was the place where Jesus grew up and his family lived. It had no trade routes, was of little economic importance and was never mentioned in the Old Testament or other ancient texts. Consequently, Nathanael’s question which alluded to the fact that Nazareth could not produce anything worth mentioning, was legitimate. Nathanael spoke a fact not an opinion; he had every reason to doubt that there would be an exception to Nazareth’s track record of irrelevance. Nathanael’s reaction is a perfect example of how easy it is to fall prey to false judgments about people based on our personal bias. We must be careful not to be critical in our attitudes towards others without fully examining circumstances, merits and character. However unfortunate the fact that many from His hometown did not believe in Jesus, it did not change the fact that He was sent by God on the greatest mission known to mankind, which was to save the world from their sins. Jesus’ life is a prime example of the fact that your story does not determine your glory. His infamous hometown, blood line and childhood in no way impacted the fact that He was the Son of God who now sits at the right hand of the Father.

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