Those words, “There was no room for them in the inn,” remind me of an experience my family had many years ago. We had been traveling all day, and I was trying to find a motel where we could spend the night. It was getting late, and the children were tired and fidgety. As we drove along the highway, our hopes were dashed time and again by the sight of NO VACANCY signs. As a father, responsible for the well-being of my family, I was frustrated and discouraged. But then I thought of Mary and Joseph. How much worse it must have been when they arrived in Bethlehem and found no rooms available! I can imagine Joseph pleading with the manager of the inn, telling him of Mary’s condition and their desperate need for a suitable place where she could give birth to her child. Luke tells us that “there was no room for them in the inn,” and that when Mary gave birth to Jesus she “wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger.”
Today, nearly 20 centuries later, millions (or even billions) of people have no room for Jesus. Although they participate enthusiastically in the festivities of the Christmas season, they keep Him out of their lives. The “NO VACANCY” sign is there. May it not be said of us, however, that our hearts are closed to Christ. What better time to rededicate our lives to Him or to receive Him as Savior than during this season!
As we celebrate His coming into the world to save sinners, let’s make sure there is room in our hearts for Jesus. – Richard W. De Haan
Have you any room for Jesus,
He who bore your load of sin?
As He knocks and asks admission,
Sinner, will you let Him in? – Whittle
If Christ is kept outside, something must be wrong inside.
- December 23, 2016, Our Daily Bread