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John 1:44-50, 21:1-14

Nathanael was with Jesus at the beginning of His ministry and at the end of His earthly ministry.  Near the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, Nathanael wondered aloud about Nazareth if “anything good could come from there.”  Soon, he found himself talking with Jesus, who amazed him by saying he had seen Nathanael by a fig tree before he was called.  He became a disciple.  Nathanael was from Cana, less than 10 miles north of Nazareth.

Why did Nathanael make that disparaging remark about Nazareth?  For an answer, I referred to R. C.  Sproul’s Reformation Study Bible which says, “Nathanael apparently expresses contemporary skepticism that a prophet could arise from Galilee.  Nazareth was an insignificant village, not mentioned in the Old Testament or other Jewish literature of the time.”

At the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry, when He was making one of His unforgettable appearances, this time causing the near net-breaking fish catch at the Sea of Galilee, Nathanael was there.  Interestingly, Nathanael’s hometown of Cana is over 10 miles west of the Sea of Galilee, so he had a farther distance to travel to the Sea of Galilee than Peter, who was from Bethsaida, less than 2.5 miles away.

Nathanael wondered how something good could come from Nazareth.  Nathanael soon got to experience Jesus’ miracles.



Luke 4:16, 7:11-17

As I was reading in Luke, I got curious about the town Nain.  This town was where Jesus raised a widow’s son from the dead.  After a search in, I found out Nain is mentioned just once in the Bible.  According to, Nain means “lovely” or “green pastures” in Hebrew.  On this ancient map, it is about ten miles from Nazareth.  Can you find Nain?

Matthew 2:1-12, Luke 1:26-45, Luke 2:8-40

Jesus’ mom, Mary, had out-of-the-ordinary experiences before Jesus was born, but also after.  When she found out from an angel of God about her cousin Elizabeth’s pregnancy, she went to her house and greeted her.  Elizabeth let her know that when Mary greeted her, the baby inside her leapt.

When Jesus was born, shepherds came the same day after the angel encounter to Bethlehem to see Him.  I don’t think Mary or Joseph would have known any of the shepherds.

Eastern wise men came, worshiped the child Jesus in a house (Matt. 2:11), and gave gifts including gold.  The Reformation Study Bible (Sproul) says, “Jesus was no longer in a stable (Luke 2:7).  This visit was some time after the birth (v.1), perhaps a year or more (cf. v. 16),” and, “The “Magi” were not kings, but priests or court advisers…They were probably from Mesopotamia, the region of ancient Babylon, although other locations east of Palestine have been suggested.” Mary (and Joseph if he was there) were probably amazed to see the wise men with their gifts and hear their story of the star.

When Mary and Joseph brought their son to Jerusalem, a righteous man named Simeon blessed them.  An elderly prophetess, Anna, gave thanks.  Since Mary (and Joseph) were from Nazareth, they may have not known Simeon or Anna.

Of the people above that either knew of or saw Jesus as a baby or as a child, Mary probably only knew  Elizabeth.  It seems to me that Mary might have expected the unexpected.