Read Luke 2
“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”
The birth of Jesus Christ is a story most are all familiar with. In fact, we celebrate Jesus’ birth each year during the Christmas season.
Our celebrations may include a church Christmas play, special video presentations, candlelight services, and singing Christmas carols. All of these elements serve to commemorate the coming of our King, celebrate his arrival, and deepen our understanding of what His coming meant for mankind. They spark our imagination and invite us to relive the wonder of Luke chapter two.
Take a moment and read through Luke Chapter 2. Jesus’s birth was miraculous, but the chapter doesn’t stop at the stable. The Word gives us a snapshot of Jesus’ life as He grew. God’s favor was upon Him, but from the beginning, not many could see it. Not even the Inn keeper.
“There was no place for them [Mary & Joseph] in the inn.” If the Inn keeper would have recognized the events unfolding before him and that Salvation was literally about to enter the world on his property, the man would’ve made room. And yet, he didn’t know. How could he?
Note the Inn Keeper did allow Mary and Joseph to stay in the stable. Not the best accommodations, but his willingness to help them shows he was a man of compassion. He was at least willing to make room somewhere. It was a start.
There’s a parallel here between the Inn Keeper’s willingness to make room for the coming King and our willingness to make room for Jesus in our life.
Maybe you’ve never asked Jesus to be the Lord or boss of your life. Make room for Him. Ask Him today. If you’re not ready to take that jump and give Him your whole life, would you be willing to let Him in the “stable” or start that conversation with Him. He will meet you where you are.
If you’ve been following Jesus for a while, has He moved from the “stable” and into the “Inn” or the other “rooms” of your life? He wants to make you more like Him, so let him.
Let’s be sure to make room for Jesus and allow Him to make His home in our lives—all the parts, and in everything we do.