All the way to Him - now!
- the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go
straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which
the Lord has made known to us." Luke 2:15
«Let us now go all the way to Betlehem.» - The earlier translation
(Norw.) put it that way. «All the way to -» It says something definite
to us: They did not stop before they had reach the goal and saw what the
angels had testified. - Reached Jesus.
Many can sit year after year and listen to the same proclamation as
these shepherds got to hear, but a spiritual lethargy and sluggishness
kind of keeps them captured, so they never reach all the way to what
they have heard.
Maybe you who read this now in these Christmas days - when this
message sounds especially - are one of them who lays captured in such a
Then you must hear more about this child in the manger, namely what
He has come to this earth for. Something He tells you Himself in His
Word: «THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME... HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM
RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES...
TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED.» (Luke 4:18).
It has never been in the thoughts of the Lord, that you should set
yourself free, by any own wills effort, by pulling yourself together
etc., but He Himself has come to do do it, and there is no captivity He
cannot set free from!
Call on Him today, that He always must wake you up from lethargy,
so that you shall not come short of entering His rest. (Heb. 4:1).
These two translations both tells us something important:
They went straight
to Bethlehem - that is, they broke loose, they did not postpone it to
tomorrow. And they went all the way
to - til they reached the goal, and saw what was proclaimed unto them!
Haven't you heard it? - Something has happened in Bethlehem!
Holy Bible New American Standard