Simcha plunked himself on a rock and rubbed his weary muscles. The journey to reach Bethlehem had taken days. Why didn’t the other shepherds come? Didn’t they believe the angel when he spoke about the One?

He reached into his bag to grab a quick bite of his pita bread. Staring into the dark horizon, he wondered which way to go. Where would this baby be?

A star twinkled, illuminating the night as if in response to Simcha’s question. It was like none he’d ever seen before. He stood.

Could it be?

He flung his bag over his shoulder, grabbed his staff, and shuffled forward. He needed to get there before the crowd assembled.

An hour later, Simcha stood in front of a small stable. It’s where the innkeeper said to come, but why was it so quiet?

He glanced in both directions. No one in sight.

Where’s the line to see the baby?

Simcha thought everyone would be here.

Didn’t all of Bethlehem know the Savior of the world was born tonight?

Have you ever wondered why there wasn’t a line up to see Jesus? He was born in the middle of nowhere with only animals surrounding him and a few lowly shepherds. Why a silent night?

I love the song “Where’s the Line to see Jesus?” so this week I’m doing things a bit different. I’m taking a modern-day song and creating a story in Bible times—the exact opposite of my recent blogs. I realize my story is a bit of a stretch, but I’m a writer…work with me. 😉

Why wasn’t Jesus born in a palace with kings and servants waiting on Him?

His Father knew better, that’s why.

If Jesus had been born among riches, would we pay attention to Him? I’m not so sure. There’s just something about that silent night that makes us sit up straighter and want to know more. In my opinion, if He had been just another king, we probably wouldn’t have thought of Him as special. Perhaps we would have even called Him spoiled. He couldn’t be the Savior, right?

Aren’t you glad that isn’t the case?

I am.

So why don’t we pay more attention to Him during the Christmas season and every day? We spend our time shopping for presents and lining up to see Santa, but what about the Savior of the world?

What happened to that silent night?

This Christmas why don’t we line up to see Jesus? Take time to really worship Him and the gift He gave us.

Will you line up with me? Come on, let’s go.

What do you think? What if Jesus had been born in a palace? Would you have lined up to see Him? Share your thoughts.

Luke 2:15-16 (NIV)

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

Where’s the Line to See Jesus? – Becky Kelley


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