Nazareth was not considered the village of fame. It was a small obscure village hidden in the hills of Galilee with nothing happening. There weren’t any buying and selling routes running through it, so it had no commercial value. It was a community off the beaten path, being the ideal place for many outcasts to make their home.
The reputation of the town was so bad that when Philip told Nathanael he had found the Messiah‚ Nathanael’s immediate response was‚ “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Instead of arguing against Nathanael’s protest, Philip simply answered, “Come and see.” John [1:46].
Nazareth is just a prime example of many places. The people of Nazareth did not know they had lived next door to the Savior of the world. They had heard of Him, but knew very little about Him.
My friend, are you living in a place like Nazareth where Christ has been overlooked and unnoticed? —- The final tragedy is to know Jesus so well that you don’t know Him at all. But the good news is, no matter where you are in life, He will always be in the midst. He will forever be known as “Jesus of Nazareth.” He is the “Good Thing” that comes out of the desolate and abandoned places. He’s the “Good Thing” that loves you and created you to know Him personally.
In John [10:14], He encourages you with these words, “I am the Good Shepherd, I know my sheep and my sheep knows me.”