“And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7

Ah yes. The verse upon which Nativity scenes have been built. Joseph, Mary, the three wise men, and the plethora of animals in the stable, all looking on, as baby Jesus smiled and cooed in the manger. Nice, isn’t it?

But for as nice as the commercial worlds has made that scene out to be, I have always had a problem with this bit,

“…there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7

Is it me, or is there something wrong with the whole picture? Here’s Christ, the Son of God, the deliverer of Israel, promised to the people in such verses as these,

Of the manner of His birth,

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

Of the place of His birth,

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From everlasting.” Micah 5:2

And of His role of earth,

“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6-7

Even those who were not Jews could read the signs and put two and two together. For didn’t wise men come to worship and Herod get worried about a possible social upheaval?

Yet, “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.” John 1:10-11

Isn’t it strange? From what was recorded of the interactions of Jesus with the Jews, they certainly knew that the Messiah was coming, they certainly were anticipating His coming; yet, here they were, signs aligned one after the other, and they missed it.

And even if the people were a little slow to put two and two together, they should have at least accorded Joseph some respect, for “…he was of the house and lineage of David,” Luke 2:4

This man was family to the king. Well, alright, former king, but still the greatest king Israel ever knew. Surely a simple room at the inn would not be too much to ask. It wasn’t like Bethlehem only had hotels that were palatial. It was only a small village. But as history would have it, ‘there was no room for them at the inn’.

And this begs the question, do we have room for Him? For Him who “is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17 [AMP]

Putting aside the issue of salvation and eternal life, we who have put our faith in Jesus, we who by His death and resurrection, have been made the children of God; we have a personal relationship with our Father, and with Jesus. For indeed, we can

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 3:16

Even during the times when we feel far away from God and don’t feel like He is holding everything together for us, we know that there is that small little voice inside of us, keeping us on the straight and narrow, the One whom we know is

“…the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26

And because of their protection and provision, many calamities in our lives have been averted and situations turned around.

So even if not out of love for Him, shouldn’t basic human gratitude dictate that we have some room in our lives for Him? Or have we become like these people?

“Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.” Luke 17:11-14

When we have a need, we cry out to Jesus, we cry out to our Father, for deliverance and protection; as we rightly should. Then the deliverance comes and we rejoice; as we rightly should. But what happens after that?

“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.” Luke 17:15-16

Do we get back to our lives, as if nothing happened, and forget the deliverance that we have just received? Need we have Jesus say to us,

“Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” Luke 17:17-18

You know, when Jesus was about to enter Jerusalem, He said,

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate;” Matthew 23:37-38

How sad, isn’t it? And so it is for us. For make no mistake beloved, because we have put our faith in Jesus, we are His, as Jerusalem is His; and all He ever wants to do for us, is to gather us to Him, into the safety of His arms, ‘as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings’.

But if we forget the source of all our provision and protection, if we allow ourselves to get too caught up in our lives, if we have no room for Him, we do ourselves a disfavor. Because you see, Jesus doesn’t get upset with us. He loves us too much to get upset with us. But remember what He told the leper when He came back to thank Him?

“Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:19

It is our faith that has made us well. Not our strength, not our smarts, not our circumstance nor family pedigree, but our faith. Because, as we have seen from yesterday’s message, faith is the key that unlocks our Father’s power in our lives.

Beloved child of God, when we spend time with Jesus, we are not spending it doing things for Him; we are giving Him time to lead and guide us. When we give Him room in our lives through prayer and quiet time, He will draw near to us faster than we can draw near to Him, just as He did with the pair on the road to Emmaus.

“Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.” Luke 24:13-15

So don’t get too caught up with your life. Make room for Jesus and surely He Himself with draw near and go with you as you traverse along your way.

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