The Prophet of Nazareth

“And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.” ~ Matthew 21:10-11

Many titles were given to Christ in the scriptures, but the title in our text was not expected to be among them —“The prophet of Nazareth.” Christ showed up at a Jewish feast once and there was a stir among the people. Some said that he was the Christ and others doubted saying, “Shall Christ come out of Galilee?” The Pharisees gave their judgment to Nicodemas. They said, “Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.” Even Nathanael wondered at the testimony of Phillip when he claimed that they had found Messiah and he spoke of Jesus of Nazareth. Nathanael questioned, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?”

The very title “The prophet of Nazareth” seems to strike a dissonant chord. The words do not seem to go together. Pomp and grandeur did not surround Jesus. Nor was he celebrated by the day’s dignities. Certainly, the life of the Lord here on earth was humble. He came from a place of no reputation. He came from a family of no reputation. Of a truth, Christ humbled himself and made himself of “no reputation.” This title identifies Christ to us in His humanity and humility. Nazareth was not highly esteemed among the people. Nevertheless, God raised up the greatest prophet from the humble shores of Galilee.

As we look back through the Old Testament, we realize that most of the prophets came from places of no real distinction. Consider Elijah the Tishbite. He just appeared on the scene in the book of Kings. He showed up and stood before the king. He was from the country of Gilead, a stony, rocky country village. The people there were laboring, working people. He certainly did not come from the highest classes and ranks of society. This holds for other prophets as well.

I wish to consider Christ as the Prophet of Nazareth. I want to bring to mind some of the ways in which he did the work of a prophet. I shall endeavor firstly to show Christ as a teacher. Secondly, I shall view him as a foreteller. Lastly, I will consider him as a miracle worker.

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