Advent 2016 — Dec 30

When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead." Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, "He will be called a Nazorean.” -- Matthew 2:19-23 Christmas is about a little Podunk country town called Nazareth. Our Lord Jesus grew up in a town so far back in the hills that they didn't have a McDonalds. His high school played single A football and had a graduation class of nine students. Joseph took Jesus there to protect him from a hateful ruler named Archelaus. God directed Joe to go there. Nathanael didn't think anyone remarkable could grow up in such an out-of-the-way place, fit only for bumpkins. Wrong. The country boy is the savior of the world, and the one who grew up in an out of the way place is himself the way to the place we all want to get to when our life is over. God writes his own recipes and throws a mean curve ball, and you will swing and miss every time, if you judge the book by its cover.