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Located in the ancient city of Nazareth in northern Israel, and Nazareth one of the strategic cities in the world especially for Christians all over.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoner and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
(/ˈnæzərəθ/; Hebrew: נָצְרַת, Naṣrat; Aramaic: ܢܨܪܬ, Naṣrath; Arabic: النَّاصِرَة, an-Nāṣira) is the capital and the largest city in the Northern District of Israel. Nazareth is known as “the Arab capital of Israel”. In 2015, its population was 75,726. The inhabitants are predominantly Arab citizens of Israel, of whom 69% are Muslim and 30.9% Christian. Nazareth Illit (lit. “Upper Nazareth”) is built alongside old Nazareth, and had a Jewish population of 40,312 in 2014. The Jewish sector was declared a separate city in June 1974.
In the New Testament, the city is described as the childhood home of our lord Jesus, and as such is a center of Christian pilgrimage, with many shrines commemorating biblical events.
Two locations for Nazareth are cited in ancient texts: the Galilean (northern) location in the Christian gospels and a southern (Judean) location mentioned in several early no canonical texts. Modern-day Nazareth is nestled in a natural bowl which reaches from 1,050 feet (320 m) above sea level to the crest of the hills about 1,600 feet (490 m). Nazareth is about 25 kilometers (16 mi) from the Sea of Galilee (17 km (11 mi) as the crow flies) and about 9 kilometers (5.6 mi) west from Mount Tabor. The major cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are situated approximately 91 mi (146 km) and 67 mi (108 km) respectively, away from Nazareth. The Nazareth Range, in which the town lies, is the southernmost of several parallel east-west hill ranges that characterize the elevated tableau of Lower Galilee.
Nazareth is home to dozens of monasteries and churches, many of them in the Old City.
The Church of the Annunciation is the largest Catholic church in the Middle East. In Roman Catholic tradition, it marks the site where the Archangel Gabriel announced the future birth of Jesus to the Mary (Luke 1:26–31).
The Church of St. Gabriel is an alternative Eastern Orthodox site for the Annunciation.
The Synagogue Church is a Melkite Greek Catholic Church at the traditional site of the synagogue where Jesus preached (Luke 4).
The St. Joseph’s Church marks the traditional location for the workshop of Saint Joseph.
The Mensa Christi Church, run by the Franciscan religious order, commemorates the traditional location where Jesus dined with the Apostles after his Resurrection The Basilica of Jesus the Adolescent, run by the Salesian religious order, occupies a hill overlooking the city.
The Church of Christ is an Anglican church in Nazareth.
The Church of Our Lady of the Fright marks the spot where Mary is said to have seen Jesus being taken to a cliff by the congregation of the synagogue The Jesus Trail pilgrimage route connects many of the religious sites in Nazareth on a and for sure Home of Jesus the king church
New Testament references:
In Luke’s Gospel, Nazareth is first described as ‘a city of Galilee’ and home of Mary (Luke 1:26). Following the birth and early epiphanial events of chapter 2 of Luke’s Gospel, Mary, Joseph and Jesus “returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth”.
In English translations of the New Testament, the phrase “Jesus of Nazareth” appears seventeen times whereas the Greek has the form “Jesus the Nazarēnos” or “Jesus the Nazōraios.”[ One plausible view is that Nazōraean (Ναζωραῖος) is a normal Greek adaptation of a reconstructed, hypothetical term in Jewish Aramaic for the word later used in rabbinical sources to refer to Jesus.]”Nazaréth” is named twelve times in surviving Greek manuscript versions of the New Testament, 10 times as Nazaréth or Nazarét.and twice as Nazará. The former two may retain the ‘feminine’ endings common in Galilean toponyms. The minor variants, Nazarat and Nazarath are also attested Nazara (Ναζαρά) might be the earliest form of the name in Greek, going back to the putative Q document. It is found in Matthew 4:13 and Luke 4:16.] However, the Textus Receptus clearly translates all passages as Nazara leaving little room for debate there. Many scholars have questioned a link between “Nazareth” and the terms “Nazarene” and “Nazoraean” on linguistic grounds, while some affirm the possibility of etymological relation “given the idiosyncrasies of Galilean Aramaic.”
The doors at Home of Jesus the King Church are always open to nominal and traditional Christians who want to study the Bible and know more about our Lord Jesus Christ in the very town where He grew up.
We are working on multiple projects every month to be a blessing to Arab and Jewish families in Nazareth to show them the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in a practical and relevant way.
We chose the name of our church as "Home of Jesus the King Church," because we believe that our lord had His home in Nazareth in Biblical times, and even now, through His Spirit, His presence remains here in Nazareth. We believe that revival is coming to Nazareth, even though only 25% of the residents are currently Christian. We as believers are here in Nazareth, because God wants and needs us here, to share the Gospel and to prepare Nazareth for the coming of the Lord, to be presented to Him as a pure and spotless bride.
Our mission as believers here in Israel is to proclaim freedom for the captives through prayer and intercession, as we strive to share the Good News through friendship relationships and through helping the poor and needy. This includes serving the local population through impacting and effective feeding projects, humanitarian aid distribution, and pro-life ministries. We also seek to strengthen our congregants by teaching the Word, establishing foundations of faith, and creating vibrant children’s programs.
We appreciate your prayers for all the people of this strategic city, for our church, and for Pastor Saleem Shalash and his family. We love you and we are praying for you as one family in Jesus Christ.