As I’ve worked with people who are struggling to embrace this new life they’ve been given in Jesus one of the biggest obstacles they’ve faced is putting their past behind them. For some reason it’s hard for us to receive the large gift of Jesus when we realize that we are coming from such small places. The story of Christmas is a story of a big God using people who came from small places. Small places aren’t where we always think of God coming from, but as you reencounter the story of Christmas, you see God coming to and through the small. The greatness of God is made evident through smallness, but the person and place don’t receive the glory. God didn’t send His Son to Jerusalem. He could have. It was New York City in it’s time. It was the cultural center. He could have, but He didn’t. God sent His Son to Nazareth. Nazareth was a podunk, small town. It had a reputation. Imagine a hole of town you don’t want to live in … now name it Nazareth. The first chapter of John records this conversation: Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” (v.45-46) Did you see that: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” God sent His Son to a small place, a place that nobody thought good could come out of. God’s glory was demonstrated through that smallness. Know that God can demonstrate His power through your smallness this Christmas, no matter what your background or story. So, friends, where’s your Nazareth?
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