“And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn, and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7 Amplified
The verse above tells about Jesus being put in a manger, which is a feeding trough for animals. From that we have gotten the story that He was born in a stable, where animals reside. The verse above afirms this saying there was no room for them in the inn. Though the innkeeper is not named we know he existed because someone had to run the inn. Remember too that a decree had gone out from Rome that all the people had to register in the town of their birth. Accordingly, Bethlehem had an influx of travelers coming there, so the innkeeper likely had a full house. When Joseph and Mary arrive they go to the inn, but they are turned away even though the innkeeper likely knew Mary was pregnant.
The focus today on the innkeeper is, as with the others, his response to Christ’s birth. Of all those involved he may be the only one who did not know about the star, the wise men, the angels or the prophecy. Let’s ask the question though, did he even seek any of that information? You would think if there was a huge star shining over Bethlehem he might have heard about it or asked about it. Like we often get in our lives, though, he was likely too busy to stop and look into it any more. Not only did he not have room in his inn he had no room in his heart either, he was too consumed with his business.
What is your response, now that you know?