Bible Reading: John 1:35-51
When I was in Junior Secondary School, we offered a subject called Geography as a part of Social Studies. I liked Social Studies until it came to Geography. Geography really wasn’t my favourite- all that stuff about drawing maps and nations and all. It felt like it was the limiting factor for me.
Maybe for many people actually.
Geography feels like the limiting factor. Does Geography feel like a limitation for you?
When Nathaniel said those words about Jesus ‘can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ that was his exact point.
Nazareth isn’t the place!
Nazareth isn’t the type of place to birth and raise a Saviour.
What Nathaniel would probably have said on the flip side is ‘Can anything bad come out of Jerusalem?’
Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Well, Jesus was born there
Can anything bad come out of Jerusalem? Well, Jesus was crucified there.
Humanly speaking, that’s the biggest atrocity ever committed!
Here’s the point: As human beings, we’re quick to get prejudiced by geography, but God isn’t. He creates us within a nation and places us in a nation per time as a primary context within which we start to seek Him and His purpose for our lives, but never as a stop and limitation to His purpose for our lives.
On the flip side, the geography within which we find ourselves is never in and of itself a guarantee given us to build our trust on for the fulfilment of God’s purpose.
It can go good in Nazareth.
It can go bad in Jerusalem.
A people who embrace the substance of our Saviour beyond the prejudice of geography will always be thriving nonetheless wherever they are in the world.
May our eyes be open to and may our hearts embrace a life beyond the prejudice of or building our faith in geography. It’s all in Jesus.