There were two kinds of people in the Bethlehem region more than 2,000 years ago. Those who found the Christ Child and those who didn’t. Those who found Him took the road less traveled by and it led them right to the life-giver Himself.
Those who did…The shepherds had no problem finding the baby. The road to the stable was a familiar one. They hurried off with child-like faith, finding Him just as they were told. There were no crowds and no lines, just the baby lying in a manger, his parents keeping watch.
Those who didn’t…Bethlehem bustled with activity and brimmed over with accommodations that night and yet the one event that changed the world couldn’t even draw a crowd. Nestled within the boundaries of the little town, the Messiah they had all longed for came forth, but no one paid attention. Their own well-being and concerns with the new census pre-occupied the citizen’s minds. And while they were sleeping…
Those who did…Simeon, a righteous and devout man, stayed so close to God that he felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to head to the temple courts. Watchful and expectant, he recognized immediately when the mother and father brought in their eight-day old son.
Anna, a widower and prophetess, never left the temple, worshiping night and day. Faithful to her Lord in service, she too realized the Christ Child and prophesied His redemption.
Those who didn’t...Even though they knew the Word spoke of the Messiah coming from Bethlehem, the Teachers of the Law missed the Christ Child. With knowledge propelled by arrogance, they concocted their own way Messiah would come. After all, the God they knew wouldn’t redeem Israel this way…
Those who did… “If you seek him, he will be found by you,” – 2 Chronicles 15:2. The Magi sought the one born “King of the Jews” to worship. Not getting discouraged or distracted, they kept seeking until a star led them right to the Child King.
Those who didn’t…Even though he claimed his desire to seek and worship the Christ child, King Herod only saw the child as a threat. No longer would he be able to hold his power or preserve his way of life. Perhaps if only he had sought the child…
Those with child-like faith found Him. Those who stayed near to God found Him. Those who sought also found Him. In a land of many, so few chose the narrow road – a road less traveled by.
Two roads diverged…and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Adapted from the Robert Frost poem
I pray you have a blessed and peaceful Christmas with your family and friends. Hold them tight and cherish each moment. I pray you take the road less traveled by and encounter Christ this Christmas – Mary Kay