Luke 2:7 “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.”
In Luke chapter 2 we see the events leading up to the birth of Christ, his actual birth, and the events that would take place immediately following His birth. In the midst of all that was happening we have verse 7 which brings up a very important question to ask ourselves. We will take a look at that question shortly.
I, like many of you, grew up in a wonderful home where Christmas was the best time of year. My family was not anywhere close to being considered “wealthy” as far as material things go such as money, fame, or social status. However, I will say that we were rich in love and care for one another. I grew up with great parents and a sister that is now one of my best friends in this world.
My parents taught us about Jesus from the time we were young; however, I must confess, for 18 years of my life Christmas was about other things to me. I knew that Christmas was the time of year that we celebrated the birth of Christ, but for me it was a thing done more out of tradition, and not because I had a relationship with Him. Growing up I was more concerned about the toys I was getting than about what Jesus had to do with Christmas. As I got older that affection for toys changed to affection for electronics, clothes, and money. Even typing this out makes me feel the selfishness that was in my life. The fact is, that’s just what it was – a selfishness and a love for the things I wanted. Please know, this is no reflection of anything my parents taught us, because my parents are some of the most generous people I know. They are always more concerned about the betterment of others, even over themselves, and for that I am grateful.
The truth of the matter is for 18 years there was really no room for Christ in my Christmas. I am ashamed to say, but it is necessary that I be honest with you. In August of 1995 at the age of 19, I gave my heart, my life, and my all to Jesus. He became Lord of my life, and at age 19 Christmas changed for me. It was the first year that Christ had room in my Christmas. Let me also say, it was at this point that Christmas took on a whole new meaning for me. No more was I so concerned about what I was getting and consumed with the material things of Christmas. It was a REAL time of rejoicing for me as I thought about the birth of the One who died for me that I might have real life.
We see in Luke 2:7 that when Mary gave birth to Jesus she wrapped Him in a cloth, and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. Obviously, we cannot miss the miracle of a virgin giving birth to the Savior of the world. It’s a marvelous miracle that only God Himself can do. We cannot miss the fact that the Savior came to this world in the form of a little baby which would be a most unlikely way for God to come. Most people would not look for God Himself to come like this, but rather in a more exalted form. However, Jesus came in His humanity, His helplessness, and His humility in the form of a poverty-stricken baby.
There was simply no room for this baby in the inn which would be considered a more proper place for an infant, and especially God Himself. Instead, He was left to be put in a manger which would be more along the lines of a trough. Thinking about this brings up the question that I mentioned earlier. Is there any room in your Christmas for Christ? I shared with you that for many years of my life there was not. I did not know what I was missing by not giving room in my life to Christ. I was like the inn-keeper in the gospels. I simply would not open the door of my heart and let the Son of God in. There was no room. The space was taken up with so many other things, people, and desires.
I would like those of you who read this to know that it is important to ask yourself the question, “Is there room in your Christmas for Christ?”. It is Christmas Eve today, and I can think of no better way to spend Christmas by opening up yourself the Jesus today, inviting Him in, and opening the door to let Him into your heart right now. He is the author of Christmas! I can assure you that Jesus is better than ANY OTHER gift you could ever receive. I hope you have a very blessed Christmas this year. If you haven’t done so yet, will you open the door and let Jesus in today?