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 (KJ2000).
The birth of Jesus in a lowly manger is not without significance. Though a King above all kings put together, it is important that He humbled Himself just so He could identify with mankind whom He came to save.
His been birthed in a manger as significant as it is, was occasioned by the fact that his parents could not secure lodgings when they got to Bethlehem. Joseph, been a devoted husband, did his best yet all the hotels and guest inns they approached were filled up. Perhaps their inability to secure accommodation has to do with the pace with which they were travelling. Since Mary was heavy with child, their progress was slow compared to travelling at normal pace.
When Joseph and Mary eventually got to Bethlehem, all the rooms in all the hotels were filled up. Hence Jesus was given birth to in a manger- a place reserved not for humans but for animals. There was no room for Jesus the saviour of the world! Isn't it ironic that the one who made the entire universe and whom the earth suffices only as His footstool to lack a place to lay down? Perhaps Joseph attempted desperately to get someone kind enough to house his wife. Perhaps that night in which the Saviour was born was cold. Yet there was no place for them to settle in for the night.
But thanks be to God who raised Him up from death after He gave Himself up as the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. He is no longer that helpless babe all wrapped up in swaddling clothes with only a manger to give Him as much comfort as possible. No He is resplendently arrayed in royal apparel full of glory and majesty. We await His return not as the lamb of God but as King of kings and Lord of lords. The Saviour who could not get lodgings in the inn has made a way for us to gain access to His home in heaven.
Having gone up to heaven and has prepared a home with mansions and streets made of gold, with refreshing water and trees whose leaves are for the healing of the nations, He is now seeking another inn to dwell in - the room of your heart. And the only reason why He desires a room is so we could be qualified to have a home in heaven for eternity. However, a lot of people do not see it as important to open the door of their hearts to the one who alone can take away their burdens, transform their lives and give them a brand new life.
Is there a room for Jesus in the living room of your heart or you want to give Him the basement, the attic filled with old relics of unwanted items? He yearns for the best part. Normally, we clean the living room and make it as habitable as possible. We beautify it with flowers, drape the house with fine curtains and aerate the place with air freshners. We don't entertain guests in the basements of our houses. Yet some have restricted the saviour who alone can decorate their hearts better than their best efforts to their basement.
Make a room for Jesus in your heart today if you've not done that already. Fountains of living water will issue out refreshing your soul. I did that some years back and I have found in Him a love so fresh and unquantifiable. O the joy and bliss that envelope our hearts. O what peace that trails our hearts with the hope of eternal salvation. O what blessed hope that one day we will be reunited not with a swaddling cloth-wrapped baby but the King above all kings and the one who holds the entire universe in His arms. All these and more benefits only because we have made a room in our hearts for Jesus! Make a room for Jesus in your life this yuletide season and He will make all the difference in your life for eternity.