In my opinion, one of the most baffling and heartbreaking scriptures in all the Bible is found in the book of Luke.
And she brought forth her firstborn son (Jesus), and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7
There was no room for the savior of the world. This scripture blows my mind and breaks my heart all at once. I wondered to myself how they wouldn’t have room for Jesus. At first, I thought to myself; maybe they didn’t know to expect him. But this is not true; for generations, they had known to anticipate the coming Messiah and even the way He would come (Micah 5:2, Isaiah 7:14). So if they knew to expect Him then maybe it was just a lack of preparation, the census had brought too many people to the small town, and there just wasn’t enough space left for Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. I can’t imagine turning away a pregnant woman, who was in labor, but that’s what happened the night our savior was born. No one had room for Him.
As I think about this story, it always grabs hold of my heart. It challenges me to reexamine my life and whether I too have room for Jesus. Have I gotten lazy in my expectation of His second coming? Have I packed my heart so full of other people and things that I’ve run out of room for the Messiah? Or have I pushed Him away out of fear of what I will have to give up, or what He may ask me to do by faith.
This Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, I hope you too will examine your heart, and ask yourself, have you made room in your life for Him. Maybe you have, but remember following Jesus isn’t a one and done, it is a relationship, and it’s a day by day journey. You must make room for Jesus each day, all year long. Maybe following Jesus is all new to you, that’s ok, you have the power to let Him in! I’ve heard it said, Jesus is a gentleman, He does not force Himself into your life. You have to open the door!
I pray as you celebrate Christ’s first coming that you never forget His death and resurrection. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf because He loves us and at some point, the trumpet will sound, and He is coming back for His people, His followers. I pray you’ve made room for Him. God is a good father, and He sent His son for you, despite your past and despite your shortcomings, He wants you, all you have to do is make room.
See! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20