“And she brought forth her firstborn son, 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
As we gather with friends and family today to celebrate Christmas, let us remember the lesson of the inn. Mary and Joseph were turned away because there was no room for them. It was filled with people who were involved in the worldly matters. In a sense, we are that Bethlehem inn some two thousand years ago.
That same Jesus whose parents were turned away has come to us, asking if we have room in our hearts for Him. Let us ask ourselves; do we have room for Him, or are our hearts filled with the things of the world? When they were turned away the first time, it was a fulfilling of prophecy; if you turn him away today, it will also be a fulfillment of prophecy. Matthew 7:23 says, “Then I will profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
My Christmas prayer is that this season, everyone will search their hearts and find room for Jesus. Don’t remain filled with worldly concerns as the inn at Bethlehem; open up your heart to Jesus. May God bless you.