“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” – Luke 2:7
Would you make room for them? If you were in the position of the innkeeper, would you give up your comfort in exchange for the cold; you bed for the hay; your house for a stable? Would you make room for a family in need? Can we allow ourselves to ask that question during this season of giving and receiving? Have you ever given of yourself to the point that it actually hurt?
This world didn’t have room for her Savior. It preferred the darkness to the warmth of His light. It preferred it’s decrepit decay to true healing that lasts. The world around us today seems to have little room for a Christ who was so humbly born, so meekly lived, so weakly died. Our world looks for power and boldness and strength and so we have no room for a Savior who came for the very purpose of dying.
But it wasn’t just to die. Jesus was born into this world to die for you. In His death for you brings a strength and power this world cannot know because it cannot begin to understand it. God’s power is made perfect in weakness. In the weakness of death, God brings about life that death can no longer touch. The life of His Son who once was dead cannot be taken away. Jesus destroyed death by not allowing it to keep Him as its captive. This very same strength and power over death is handed over by Jesus to all who look to Him in hope and faith. He will do as He promises. What has happened to Him will happen to those who trust in Him. Life will overcome death.
This strength and power belongs to you because long ago, God chose to send His Son humbly into our world as a precious, helpless little baby. A baby who came into a world that had no room for Him. Still, He came and changed everything!
“Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear.
Come and worship, come and worship;
Worship Christ, the newborn King.”
Angels From the Realms of Glory, Lutheran Service Book, 367