And he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.
Some of Jesus life was already written out in Scripture long before His earthly birth. This is an echo of one of those passages - Jesus though born in Bethlehem, was to be known as a Nazarene, because that is where he lived and spent much of his early life.
I wonder what it must have been like for Him, to know that much of his life had already been spoken of in the Old Testament?
Of course Jesus knew all that was to come, he was after all God’s son, and only a handful of people at this early stage understood anything of Jesus’ importance and while they may have had a glimpse of what was to come, did any of them really full understand the full implications of the coming of the Messiah?
There are times when, even now I take time to think about what this word Messiah means - saviour or liberator of a group of people. There are times when I wondered does that include me?
Do I need saving and from what?
What do I need to be freed from?
But do you know what, Jesus came for each and every one of us and whats us all to know that not only are we saved from a life separated from God, we are also set free and called to live life to the full following our loving Creator.
Now that to me sounds awesome!