“And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” –Luke 2:7
Happy December! I hope you enjoyed being able to review our top posts of the year last month…it was cool for me to read some of them again!
December culminates in the celebration of one of the greatest events in history (behind the crucifixion and resurrection), the birth of Christ. I love being able to dive into the portions of Scripture that deal with the birth of Christ, so this month that’s what I will be writing about!
I was thinking about the Christmas story and all of the details surrounding it, looking for some of the things that often get overlooked…and I think I found a good one. In Luke 2, we are told that Mary gave birth to Christ in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
Imagine that. I see Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem, tired and dirty after a long journey. The sun is setting in the sky and the air is getting cooler as the stars start to appear. But they have a problem- they have no place to stay. Joseph is desperately looking for a place to stay so his Mary can rest for a little bit. He finally spots an inn that looks like it might have a room available. He and Mary walk up to the owner and explain their dilemma, but no matter what they say, it doesn’t make a difference. They probably try and explain the miracle of the child inside Mary, but the man tells Joseph and Mary that there is no room available for them.
The King of Kings was right there, about to be born. His parents needed a place to stay, but the owner turned them away. How often have we rejected Christ, His Word, or something He has done when it is right in front of us? How often has He been right there but we’ve told Him that there’s no room for Him?
Do you take just one look at Him and then move on? Pray that the Lord will help you recognize Him. That’s something that I’ve been working on.
“Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land.” –Psalm 85:9