No Room in the Inn

Our text will come from Luke2:7.   And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

The context is Mary and Joseph coming to Bethlehem to pay taxes. They had a long journey from Galilee, at least a 40 mile trip. That’s not very far? Try it on donkey or horseback, 9 months pregnant.

They arrive and all the motels and hotels are full. Not even a cheap motel has any vacancy. I’m sure they asked all over town for even a cheap room without any luxuries, but to no avail. So in desperation they find a barn or perhaps the stables where the other guests kept their animals out back of the Inn and spent the night there. This is where our text picks up. The time has come and Mary brings forth the Lord Jesus Christ into the world in a barn crib where animals are fed. There the greatest person, God manifest in the flesh, God’s love gift to mankind, was born among smelly animals and hay and other undesirables because there was no room in the inn.

The lesson is so clear.  Millions of people turn away Jesus because there is no room in their heart.  Is there room in your heart for Jesus or will you turn him away to go elsewhere?

The late Louis Arnold stated, “If you have no room for Jesus in your heart now, there will be no room in Heaven for you Later!”

May you find a place for Jesus today and then this holiday season you will have a Merry Christmas.

 

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