There is a place in scripture that says “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1.46) We should hear this as a put down on Jesus. Thinking that any significant teacher, preacher, rabbi, could come from such a small village of no acclaim was unthinkable. It would be like saying “No one expects anything good to come from Needles or Cool! Get real!” This is a judgement on a town and her inhabitants. So, when we pause to consider Bethlehem and those that come from her, that pattern comes alive again: in an insignificant town, an insignificant woman is bearing our exalted new king.