by Jeff Strite

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Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth (1 of 4)
Series: In Search of the King
Jeff Strite
Luke 2:1-4


What you just saw was the opening celebration for last year's ''Christmas in Nazareth''. It's a 5 day festival that begins with the lighting of a Christmas tree and fireworks. In the following days there are parades, concerts, street musicians and jugglers, market stalls selling local produce, arts and crafts and food. And there's entertainment for all the family, and a visit from Santa.
And, of course, there's even a reference or two to Jesus.

They do this festival because of the obvious tie-in between their city (Nazareth) and Christ's birth. I discovered the video while doing a YouTube search for Nazareth and Christmas and was surprised by all that was going on there. But as I watched, I got to thinking - that's a lot of activity for a city that never even saw the Baby Jesus.

Now Nazareth does have a connection with the tale of Christmas. Luke 1 tells us ''God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee (who told her) ''You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.'' Luke 1:26 and 31
But that's pretty much it.

Shortly after she became pregnant, Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem to register for the Roman census. And, of course, Bethlehem was where Jesus was born and raised for 1st couple of years. But shortly after that, King Herod heard about the new King born in Bethlehem… and he decided he didn't want another king around, and sought to kill Jesus.
Being warned in a dream Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt where they lived for the next couple of years until King Herod died. Then they returned to Nazareth. By the time they returned to their hometown Jesus was at least 4 or 5 years old.

When most scholars refer to Nazareth, they describe it as an insignificant, back water town. One person described it as an ''unimportant town, hidden away i ...

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