I spoke with a person who recently made a trip to the Holy Land. When I asked the person about the trip, he replied, “It was good except for one thing. We had to bypass Bethlehem.”
It seems that the Palestinians had blocked entry into the ancient city, so the only option the group had was to skip that part of their tour.
The world seems to increasingly bypass Bethlehem. We re-route our life’s busses away from the manger to the mall. We replace “Holy, Holy, Holy” with “Ho, Ho, Ho.” In doing so, we skip the reason we were created by God in the first place—to know and follow Christ.
Bethlehem is not a location only; it is a vocation. It is not only a place; it is disposition of the heart. It is an acknowledgement that Jesus Christ is born, and as a result, everything is different in relation to him.