Had There Been Room

The real Christmas was no overnight thing.  The birth happened, but that wasn’t a one-night deal and over like Christmas is now days.  On December 26 we pack up the decorations and it’s all over.  Our relationship with the Lord is not overnight.  It’s enduring.  The reason we’re still saved is Jesus is still saving.  He’s the same as always.

Luke 14:22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.

Luke 2:7 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.

Think on this:  had there been room.  In Luke 14 Jesus tells a parable of a man who made a tremendous banquet.  He was rich and had plenty.  He invited many, but most turned him town.  No doubt the messengers told the people there was plenty of room, but they still said no.  He sent the servants to the byways to find the poor, blind, and maimed and invite them.  He wanted his house full.  Even with all that came, there was still room.

I can’t help but wonder if Jesus thought back to the time when there was no room in the inn for Mary and Joseph.  Jesus was laid in a manger BECAUSE there was no room in the inn.  The rich man had room for an unlimited number of guests.  Why do we feel Jesus is limited?  We serve a boundless God and an unlimited Savior.  The servants tried and tried to fill the house but there was still room.  Years before, there was no room for Jesus.  You can hang onto your excuses:  my life is crowded; there is no room for Jesus.  You cannot honestly make that statement.  There is room for all you want.  You don’t have room because you don’t make room.

What would have happened had there been room when Jesus was born?  History would be different.  It would read differently.  The way it happened is the way it happened.  Jesus’ first sight in this world was straw of a manger—all because there was no room.  I’m thankful he didn’t say ‘well, I’ll just go back to heaven.’  Joseph and Mary were not home.  They had no house in Bethlehem.  They had no comfortable room ready for her to give birth.  Women prepared and had nice, clean, warm rooms to have their babies.  Yet when Jesus was born everyone told them there was no room for them.  Because of that Jesus was born in a stable.  I’m thankful Jesus was willing to lie in the straw.  I’m thankful Mary was willing to give birth in a stable.

Our life is more like a stable than an inn.  We can make room for Jesus.  Do you tell the Lord you have all you can handle and your rooms are full?  You’d better empty out and give Jesus room.  Who or what is taking Jesus’ room in your life?  The reason he came is because there is room in heaven.  He wanted to make room for us.  He provided a Savior and a way to heaven to fill his rooms.  God made room for you.  Jesus made room for your sins on the cross.  He took them unto himself so we could have a room in heaven.

I don’t know how many inns were in Bethlehem, but there was no room.  Someone could have given up their room.  The keeper could have given his room.  Maybe no one wanted to be bothered by a woman expecting a baby.  Don’t be afraid of offending someone by making room for Jesus. Don’t see Jesus as inconvenient.  Now is the time of year to clean house and make room for Jesus.  There is yet room in heaven.

When the angel made the proclamation to the shepherds he said and this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  They knew where to look.  If one of the inns had given Joseph and Mary a room, things would have been different.  Because no one had room, nobody was named in the night of his birth.  The innkeeper was not given a name.  The light shined on no one else.  If you want your name written in heaven, then make room for Jesus.  If you don’t, when the time comes for you to die, all that can be said is that there was no room in your life for Jesus.

I don’t care how you brighten up your life with this world; your life is nothing without Jesus.  Let the LIGHT OF THE WORLD brighten your life.  Let him illuminate your soul.  Let his voice ring out and the light of heaven will shine.  I’m glad to be in Jesus’ room.  I made room for him because God first made room for me.  You can rewrite your eternity by making room for Jesus.

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