“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
There was no room for Him in the inn. Of course, if they knew that God was about to be born into the world, they would have given him the presidential suite. But they didn’t. He came in the humblest of circumstances and shared in the sufferings of the illegitimate, poor, neglected, and weak. Very few saw Him for who He truly was. Even fewer understood why He had come.
There was no room for Him in their lodges or in their hearts.
There is no room for Him today, either. In America, we are not even allowed to call it “Christmas” anymore. We can’t sing Christmas songs or have Christmas trees. We sing holiday songs, wish people happy holidays, and put presents under holiday trees. People don’t want to acknowledge Jesus today.
They don’t want to be interrupted to recognize the Living God in their midst.
The commercialism and pressure of Christmas (ahem, I mean The Holidays) now consumes people. Instead of joy and love, we see a big rise in depression, suicide, and hopelessness.
When Jesus was born, the world wasn’t paying attention. Most of the people were going about their lives and didn’t even realize that the God of the Universe touched down and took on skin and flesh to become just like them. The few who did were blessed beyond measure, and they would never be the same.
I want to encourage you today, don’t just pass Him by. Take a minute to take your eyes off your busyness or pain, and look at Jesus. The Savior did come, and He came to put on your sin and set you free. He loves you enough that He left the splendors of Heaven for this dusty, broken world. He lived in poverty. He was a man of sorrows.
He went from the manger to the cross because He loves you.
That is what Christmas is all about. Family is a blessing, presents are fun, snow is great (okay, maybe not to everyone, but I love it and I miss it so much when I’m in Uganda!!); but strip all of that away, and the greatest joy remains: Jesus, God with us, giving us new life as He lays down His own. That is our hope, our confident expectation, because He has proven Himself to be everything that we need.
No matter what you are going through, no matter how difficult things are, you can have the Hope that is beyond all circumstances in Christ. Stop and look at Him. You too will never be the same!
Oh, come let us adore Him!! Emmanuel, our Redeemer, our Lord. He came, He walked our earth, took our sin and died the death that we deserved. Now He is risen and lives to intercede for us. He prepares an eternal home for us with no more sorrow, sickness, or pain. Soon we will see Him face to face. What greater hope could there ever be?