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Just Call Me Nathanael

In John 1:46, Nathanael, a Jewish gentleman who would soon become one of Jesus’ disciples, asked Philip, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” His question was in response to Philip’s claim that they had found the Messiah, and that Jesus of Nazareth was that man. It’s understandable that Nathanael responded skeptically since Nazareth had a bad reputation. The Nazarenes seemed to understand they had that ill repute because they were not good people. I find it interesting that God chose that town of sinners as the place where His Son, the promised Messiah, would be raised. Maybe it’s because the Nazarenes were at least honest about their spiritual condition. Maybe it’s because they didn’t raise their sinfulness like a banner and shove it down the throats of the rest of Judea in the name of tolerance and equality.I wonder what Nathanael would say of the University of California at Berkeley. Actually, I don’t wonder. I know what he would say. “Can any good come out of Berkeley?”
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