“And she gave birth to her first born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the end” (Luke 2:7).
What if the innkeeper who told Mary and Joseph that there wasn’t room for the savior of the world could go back and change things? Would he welcomed Jesus in? Would he rearrange some things and make room for him where there wasn’t a place before?
Long before Jesus was miraculously born Mary, the prophet Isaiah said, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). Immanuel (or Emmanuel) means “God with us.” The significance of God’s presence on earth, and in us, cannot be overstated.
Jesus came for the sole purpose of being with us. “I will make my dwelling among you… And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you will be my people” (Leviticus 26:11,12). Our sin brought separation from God. Loneliness and death are what we deserve.
“Instead, immense and mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin dad lives in made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us!” (Ephesians 2:4,5 The Message)
Jesus has done everything needed to be near to us. He has paid the price so that we can have a right relationship with him. Just like the innkeeper, we have a decision to make. Will we make room for him?
Perhaps you’ve given him a portion of your life but there are still some areas that need his presence. Will you make room for him?
This holiday season is a great time to allow the Holy Spirit to examine our lives and asked Jesus to be near to us like never before.
“Come near to him and he will come near to you…” (James 4:8).
Will you make room for Jesus this Christmas?
~ Pastor Susan