Have you ever wondered, why was there no room for them in the inn?
I can imagine Joseph thinking, “All right, enough is enough! First, my wife-to-be gets pregnant! Now we are living under a constant cloud of scandal and suspicion. The whole town is making fun of us, and why wouldn’t they? Who is going to believe our story? And then, Caesar Augustus decides to take a census! So, at the worst possible time, we have to travel 70 miles on a donkey to Bethlehem! And when we finally arrive, there are no hotel rooms! This is the worst day of my life!”
We can surely imagine that for Mary and Joseph this was hardly “the most wonderful time of the year.”
Joseph and Mary would soon find out that God had mobilized a giant star to invite and direct wise men from the East to visit the newborn child. I can’t help to imagine Joseph wondering, “If God could mobilize a giant star, couldn’t he have made one hotel room available? Was this just a last minute overlooked detail by God or are we supposed to learn something from this?”
Max Lucado said it this way: “The mother and father of our Lord were pushed out and rejected. Even before he was born, our Lord was rejected and turned away. The words ‘no room for you’ followed him throughout his life … There was just no room for him anywhere. It is the same in the lives of many people today, he is still being crowded out. With all the festivities and all the busy-ness, he is an often just an afterthought. Instead of a place of honor at this time of the year, Christ is often shoved into a corner. Even today, there is no room for Jesus.”
The amazing and beautiful thing to me is this: This same child came to find room for us. Even though, time and time again, humanity told the Son of God we simply have no room for you, Jesus continues to tell humanity, “I have more than enough room for you.”
Ironically, just as his earthly parents knocked on the innkeeper’s door, Jesus still knocks looking for a home in your heart. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
Here is a beautiful hymn I came across, lyrics below. Hope you enjoy it on this boxing day!
Have you any room for Jesus,
He who bore your load of sin?
As He knocks and asks admission,
Sinner, will you let Him in?
Room for Jesus, King of Glory!
Hasten now His Word obey;
Swing the heart’s door widely open,
Bid Him enter while you may.
Room for pleasure, room for business,
But for Christ the Crucified,
Not a place that He can enter,
In the heart for which He died?
Have you any room for Jesus,
As in grace He calls again?
Oh, today is time accepted,
T’morrow you may call in vain.
Room and time now give to Jesus,
Soon will pass God’s day of grace;
Soon thy heart left cold and silent,
And thy Savior’s pleading cease.