No Room in the Inn - Day 21
· This was the time of year when the census was taken and everybody who came from Bethlehem traveled back to Bethlehem And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So, all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
Scriptures – 1) Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
2) So it was, that while they were there, the days were complete for her to be delivered. 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 2:1-7).
· Satan knew what Jesus’ purpose was, and he used the innkeeper to say there was no room to accommodate Joseph and Mary. Even though Satan intervened, this was in God’s plan. Jesus did not come into the world as a king - He became poor so we could be rich (salvation)- For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).Jesus left His home in glory to bring redemption story.
· Although the wise men honored Him through their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh as King, God, and the suffering Savior who would die for our sins, this did not happen until Jesus was two years old.
Scripture - Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men (Matthew 2:16).
· Herod tried to trick (deceive) the wise men (magi) into telling him where the baby was; the same trick that he played on them, backfired.
· Concerning this upcoming celebration of Jesus’ birth, I am presenting a challenge to you. With all the hustle and bustle, the shopping for gifts and so on, and even mixing Santa Claus (unscramble the name and you will get Satan) into this most memorable season, do you have room for Jesus at your inn (in your heart)?
How much room do you have for Jesus?
Scripture - Behold, I stand at the door d knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me (Revelation 3:20).
· This is what Jesus Christ, the Savior desires- So why don’t you open up your heart and let Jesus come inn?
~ Betty A. Burnett ~