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Let Jesus in your Heart

“And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7).

Nothing is more poignant and touching to our emotions as this text! Heaven's most magnificent gift to the world comes, not wrapped in expensive packaging, but in “strips of cloth.” Three things strike us about Jesus' birth at the stable that should be our meditation during this Christmas season.

The Humiliation

Christ, the Creator of the universe (John 1:3), comes to our world unnoticed, unhonored, unappreciated, and of all things - born in a stable - a most filthy place, and a vivid description of our very own state. The King of Glory stoops to take our humanity and reveals a character opposite that of Satan. But He stepped still lower in the path of humiliation. “Being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8).

The Privation

Our Savior's earthly life was characterized by hardship. He “was despised and rejected,… forsaken and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:3). The birds and animals have their homes but the “Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20). Ellen G. White, a Christian auth or, wrote: “Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His.”

No Room

There was no vacancy left for them in the inn. It is not implied here that the innkeeper is inhospitable. The only reason is that all the rooms were filled. But notice that kindness and concern for a mother about to give birth is sadly missing. No effort is expended for humanitarian's sake. We show hospitality but for a price; we help but most likely to make a reputation for ourselves. We have no guestrooms, only rooms for rent. We have emergency rooms but seldom make room for emergencies.

We live in the time of no room. Suddenly the primordial blessing, “increase and multiply,” has become a “hemorrhage of terror.” We are numbered in billions. There's no room for refugees, or squatters, or the outcasts of society.

We live in the time of no room. No room for quiet, for solitude, for thought. There is hardly room in the heart for God. What was true at the first advent of Christ is true today.

Not that Jesus is uninvited. It's just that we are preoccupied with our ordinary affairs, with pleasures, with the clattering noise of commerce, and with the thronging multitude of our cares. These have crowded out Jesus from the heart. But Jesus stands at our heart's door and says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock…” (Revelation 3:20).

Let us let Him in today.

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