As we are fast approaching the Christmas season, take a look back and meditate on this verse in John 1:46-51 – And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter[a] you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
– CAN ANYTHING GOOD COME FROM NAZARETH? Nathanael seemed to make a negative statement here. But on the next verse(47), Jesus Christ seemed to compliment Nathanael saying, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit! – Nathanael came from Cana, another town in Galilee. Judeans despised Galileans; Galileans themselves despised people from Nazareth. – People decide that a person cannot be any good because of where he lives or where he comes from. People can be so biased and opinionated, without even realizing it. We have prejudices. This is why we have to examine ourselves to see if it is true or not. – The thing Jesus Liked about Nathanael: he was open and willing to check if there is anything good come out from Nazareth? – If Nathanael had been unwilling to open his heart to Jesus, he would have missed the greatest blessing of his life – a true relationship to Jesus Christ. – Let me encourage you today, even if you came from a shanty, obscure, unknown place on earth; the moment you open up your heart to Jesus and willingly serve Him, Jesus will do great and mighty things in your life. Same thing with Nathanael; Jesus said in v.50, you will see greater things than this. – Can anything good come from PG County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, Washington DC; Luzon; Visayas; Mindanao? – It is not about the place where we came from or where you lived; it is not about our race, educational background or social status. This is all about Jesus Christ. Just liked when John the Baptist, said He must increase and I must decrease. – Another significance about NAZARETH, we are just like Nazareth, without Jesus, we are nothing, we are can not do anything with God. God chose us to live and grow Jesus in us.