There was no room for them in the inn.
I want to talk about that statement because I feel today in our society many have reached a place where there is no room for Jesus.
It isn't difficult to picture the scene in Bethlehem, as crowds of people coming into town for the census
that had been commanded. It is not hard to bring this picture into our modern setting.
But, these were the people that had long waited for the Deliverer to come, who knew the prophesy of the coming King. But now they are caught up in the affairs of men in the problems of the hour, and they had
no room for Jesus.
If the day we celebrate His birth has become a bothersome thing to you, then you have lost the meaning.
What about our time? What about our day?
Do we have room for Jesus in our social life, in our business life, in our industrial standars, in our political ideals, and in our national aims and purposes?
What am I asking? Is it my business as a Christian minister to ask it?
As the new year comes around how much room for Jesus can be found?
The inn keeper shut the door on humility, he shut the door on love, he shut the door on God, for the Savior of the world would be born that night, but not in his inn. He had shut him out.
Many people every day shut the door to Jesus.
There is a danger when you shut God out for evil will come in.
God was shut out of our schools and look what has happened.
There is a danger when God is shut out of the heart of man. He may not knock again.
I wonder what would be the thoughts of the innkeeper if he lived long enough to know the full story of the life he turned away that evening. How would he feel to stand in the judgement and know he could have made room? He could have let him in, but he turned Him away.
No room for Jesus.
Have you a room for Jesus?
Is he getting your best room, or is he losing room in your heart?
Is your heart like Bethlehem, overcrowded?
We know that many people this Christmas will have no room for Jesus.
Because of the overcrowding of Bethlehem, the struggle of the time, the worry about the taxes and the census, many people that night missed the song of the angels and the original Christmas message.
There could be no better message for Christmas than the original delivered by angelic messengers that night sent to all mankind. Yet over 2,000 years later many still have not received it.
Oh, they have read it or heard it or even had programs about it, but have not really heard it in their hearts.
Let's hear it today.
Luke 2:10. And the angel said unto them, Fear not for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people for unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord.
The first thing the angel said was fear not.
Ever since Adam fell in the garden fear had held mankind in its grip. Adams first word to God after his fall was "I was afraid."
The angel said I bring good news and great joy. He was letting us know:
The fearful don't have to fear any more,
The hopeless don't have to be hopeless any more,
The sad and depressed don't have to be sad and depressed any more,
Because the Promise is come.
The Savior is here, and He is a Savior to all people not just the Jews, but also the gentiles.
All. Rich or poor, great or small, pretty or ugly, clean or dirty. All means all, from the upper crust to the lowest of humanity, Jesus came to save all who would receive Him; all who would give Him room in
Isaiah 9:6 called him Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
II Corinthians 5:17 says if any man be in Christ he is a new creature old things have passed away, behold all things are become new.
I am trying to tell you today whatever you are facing whatever circumstance in your life no matter how hopeless you may feel that in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago the answer to your problem was manifested in the flesh and heaven rejoiced.
Many missed the song of the angels that night.
Don't get caught up in arguments about dates.
Don't get caught up in gifts and angry shoppers.
Don't you miss the song of the angels.
Don't shut the door on Jesus.
The Christmas message is the breach between God and man is repaired. The message not only is God is not mad at you, He loves you so much that He sent His Son to save you.
Jesus came not to condemn the world , but that the world through him might be saved.
You can have the greatest gift of all this Christmas: ETERNAL LIFE.
The gift that becomes in you a gift to be shared.
Do you have room for Jesus?