“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 town was busy, everyone had come to Bethlehem to be registered according to the law. By the time the couple had fulfilled that requirement there were no more places available for them to stay. Joseph knew he had to find some place for Mary, she was very pregnant and had just ridden over 93 miles on a donkey. Finally, they were offered the lowliest of places for a baby to be born, a stable. Historians say it was a cave and not the typical barn we think of, though animals were kept there. It’s interesting if you think about it, this was no man-made place, God carved this spot out, it was natural. How fitting that Mary had Jesus, God with us, among His other creations.
I’ve heard it said that the inn of this story is likened to your heart. Jesus needed to be born somewhere, He still does. He needs to dwell in our hearts, but some people have no room for Him. Just like during that time when things were busy in the town, we get busy with our life. We have places to go, people to see and things to do, we can’t stop. If we don’t stop and make room for Jesus, though, and give Him our heart to sit on the throne of our life, then we will be the ones left out in the cold.
This Christmas season open the inn of your heart and let the Savior dwell there.