Dear Tabernacle Family,
Most of us are familiar with circumstances of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. Joseph and Mary were turned aside by a “No Vacancy” sign at the Inn. As a result, the incarnation occurred in the lowliest of places, as Mary, “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.” (Lu. 2:7).
THE WORDS, “NO ROOM” MARKED EVERY ASPECT OF JESUS’ COMING.
THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR JESUS AT HIS BIRTH
It was a difficult night in Bethlehem. The City was overcrowded with people coming to register for the Caesar’s census. Every available accommodation was taken. A more important guest would never come knocking, Jesus was turned away.
THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR JESUS IN HIS LIFE
Jesus explained the kind of difficulties He continually faced: “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Mt. 8:20)
THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR JESUS IN HIS DEATH
After His mock trial, Jesus died an agonizing death on another man’s cross. He took the place of Barabbas, who was released from the penalty of his crime because Jesus died in his place (Lu. 23:18-24).
THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR JESUS IN HIS BURIAL
After Jesus had died, Joseph of Arimathaea, requested His body from Pilate. After preparing the Lord for burial, he laid Him in the tomb Joseph had intended for himself. Jesus could not even claim His own grave (Mt. 27:57-60).
THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR JESUS IN HIS RESURRECTION
Jesus’ resurrection was refuted by the Jewish religious leaders and then covered up by lies and falsehoods. (Mt. 28:12-15). Even to our day, this supreme victory is doubted and criticized.
There was “No Room” for Jesus in His Birth, Life, Death, Burial or Resurrection, but you and I can write a different story. This Christmas, with open and joyful hearts, let’s determine to do everything we can to make room for Jesus! Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jim Ruddy