John 1:46, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. (NIV)
It is troubling to know you can be misjudged, misunderstood, misquoted. The word “miss” is referred to when something is absent in the whole picture. Not being able to hit the target or accomplish what one had in mind. It could be a piece of information or a piece of puzzle. What might not make sense to you could make sense to someone else simply because they have the other piece of information you don’t have. You can type a whole sentence, a word missing or how you punctuate could change the whole meaning of the message you are trying to pass across. The other thing is to know the history of something and misjudge what it is capable of by looking at its history.
It’s fascinating to know that Jesus was referred to as Jesus of Nazareth. The King of kings was not even born in an earthly kingdom though he qualified. He was raised up in a normal town called Nazareth the home of Joseph and Mary. Nowhere in Old Testament do you hear of Nazareth until you get to the gospels. Tying the pieces together as to how Nazareth would have been, it was no place for a king to be born, because it had no class and the people had no great fear of God. And to think that the person who would come out of it and call Himself the King was no other than Joseph’s Son, a carpenter.
Philip finds Nathanael and he gives him the good news vs. 45, “…”we have found him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” would you be excited if you heard that the person you grew up with or watched their life style could become someone extra ordinary? I would dismiss that too. When you know someone in and out and knowing where they came from, it can be hard to see far beyond because you’ve already dismissed them. Even today and I am guilty of this, I look at some people I know and dismiss what they can do. Ladies can look at men and dismiss them as not being good husbands (husband material), the same can happen to men. You look at a child who is growing up and all you see is a disaster and your comments, “you will never amount to anything“, you have already dismissed anything they could be.
We have to be very careful not to dismiss people and things based on the little knowledge or information we have. As mentioned, one little tiny piece of information is enough to change the destination of what you see. Nathanael could not see anything good coming out of an ordinary place even after Phillip told him. He was missing a very important piece to complete the puzzle. Are we not like Nazareth where Christ would come out of? Instead of sitting on the throne, He has chosen to dwell in our hearts (Nazareth)? He came right where we were in Nazareth to redeem us. He has chosen to be born in our hearts (Nazareth) the ordinary city. Did you ever think that one day you would be saved? Did you ever know that you would be used of God one day? Did you have people dismiss you and right out of you, Christ Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth comes out of you? You were dismissed because the piece, “Christ in you” was not seen. Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” could not be seen either. You might have been dismissed, that ought to humble you and I, God raises the least likely, the stones the builders rejected. He fills that life with His presence and lives His own life through a broken vessel. 1Corinthians 1:27, “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong”. You always have to watch out for the one who has been dismissed because there is an anointing in his life and God uses such. Though Nathaniel dismissed Nazareth, when he met Jesus, he was not the same again. Blessings Evans