Luke 2:7. “And she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn”.
Jesus birth was prophesied long before He was born. The place or city of His birth was prophesied long in advance. The taxation was used by God to fulfill His plan for the birth of the Messiah, Jesus. It had been prophesied that the Son of God was to be born in Bethlehem, and scripture had to be fulfilled. Joseph and Mary lived in Galilee, and Mary was now “great with child”.
How was God going to make sure that the child was born in Bethlehem? The taxation happened just at the right time and in the right way; that is everyone had to return to the city of his birth to pay his taxes. God was miraculously controlling the events of the world, working all things out for good so that He might fulfill His promise to send the Savior to the world.
A stable for animals was a shocking place of Jesus’ birth. Jesus was not born in comfortable surroundings. Shockingly, He was born in a stable and laid in a manager or a feeding trough. The birth is covered in one simple verse, yet much can be gleamed from it.
Jesus was born in a smelly stable. He was neglected and turned away by men from the very beginning. There was not room in the inn and Mary was about to deliver. If someone had cared, room could have been made for her. Jesus was born in poverty. If Joseph had possessed the money he could have bought a room. Jesus was born in obscurity and loneliness. The birth took place away from people, all alone. Also please not that Mary herself wrapped the child in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manager or trough used to feed animals. Jesus was born in humiliation. He did not enter the world in a hospital, in a comfortable home, in the home of a friend or relative, under a doctor’s care, but in a smelly stable, the lowest imaginable place for a birth. “There was no room”.
Note how many missed the first coming of Jesus Christ. How many will miss the second coming of Jesus Christ? Whatever we do in life and with our lives – WE MUST make room for Jesus Christ. If we do not make room for Him here on Earth there will be no room for us in Heaven. What a Savior, Lord and God!
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Because He is – I am