John 1:19-2:12, Psalm 2


One little question causes literary tension that will be resolved over the course of John's Gospel: ““Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” (John 1:46) The reason for this question is that there was a world of difference between residents in the tiny town of Nazareth, and the powerful that resided in larger metropolises, even like Jerusalem. That question about Nazareth shows bias against a rural area, and really is just but one question that demonstrates John is concerned with proving Jesus' value in spite of His seeming lowly credentials. Like Philip responds to this question about Jesus' bona fides with “come and see”, so John the writer invites us to come and see just who Jesus is through reading about this Man's life and ministry. As we read John's Gospel, come and see this unique description of Jesus' ministry and person unfold and find that the God who created all things became Man. In fact, he was a small town nobody. You have to see this to believe it.