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Jesus is…

A Nazarene

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SCRIPTURE READING:
Matthew 2:19-23

After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”

So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.

SIGNIFICANCE:
The LORD JESUS CHRIST was identified by a place of little human significance.

Dear Father, I praise Jesus that He was willing to come to earth and live as a lowly Nazarene. I am grateful that His earthly father, Joseph, was part of Your grand plan through his obedience to move his family to Nazareth. I am intrigued that the origin of the word “Nazarene” refers to a weak branch, rather than a strong tree. I marvel at how Jews from other parts of Israel thought that people from Nazareth were weaker or lesser than them. I honor Jesus that His birth and upbringing as a Nazarene were a crucial part of fulfilling the Messianic prophecies that He would be “despised and rejected” by man. I grieve that He had to endure so many difficult earthly circumstances, especially His unsurpassed rejection and suffering to pay the penalty of sin for me and all of mankind. But, because He is the Nazarene, I joyfully sing: “I Stand Amazed In the Presence” by Charles Gabriel: (verse 1) “I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene, And wonder how He could love me, A sinner, condemned, unclean. (verse 4) He took my sin and my sorrows, He made them His very own; He bore the burden to Calvary, And suffered and died alone. (verse 5) When with the ransomed in glory, His face I at last shall see, ‘Twill be my joy through the ages, To sing of His love for me. (chorus) O how marvelous! O how wonderful! And my song shall ever be: O how marvelous! O how wonderful! Is my Savior’s love for me!” In His precious name I pray these things. Amen.

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