While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel. – Luke 2:6-7 MSG
I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. – Ephesians 3:16-17 MSG
We’re all familiar with the Christmas story. Every year, it is retold and celebrated all over the world. We all know Joseph and Mary’s struggle as they looked for an open inn that would take them in. Because of the census, there were a lot of people in Bethlehem and all the hotels were full. You couldn’t really blame the innkeepers for not having room. But it’s a pity that they missed out on the birth of our Saviour.
Jesus was born in a manger not out of choice but out of availability. He could’ve chosen a nice house or even a palace. Instead of being surrounded by livestock, servants could’ve attended to his parents’ every need. However, the Lord of heaven is humble enough to dwell even in the lowliest of places.
In the same way, the angels appeared to shepherds because they were the only ones who were awake when the Messiah was born. They could’ve stayed where they were but rather chose to travel with their flock to worship the Son of God who came to earth.
The Wise Men made it their mission to seek the One who would save the world. They purposely cleared their schedule to search for the promised Child – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Although they were from afar, their hearts were always filled with thoughts of Him.
If you think about it, God doesn’t need anything. Rather, it is us who need Him. That is the exact reason He sent His Son to us. But do we have room for Jesus in our hearts? Do we prioritize Him over everything else or do we only give the time that’s left? Do we respond to Him with worship or are we more focused on things with far less worth?
Several weeks ago, my pastor preached a message entitled, ‘Don’t Miss Christmas’. Sadly, a lot of people confine the spirit of Christmas to the holiday season. He’s looking for a place to stay. Will you open the door of your heart and let Him in?