Preacher's Corner


            The trip from Nazareth, up close to the Sea of Galilee, to Bethlehem was going to be long and arduous.  You and I need to remember there were no automobiles, buses, or trains in those days long ago.  I have often wondered what type of preparations Joseph and Mary had to make for this trip.  Not only was the trip going to be long, but it could also prove to be very dangerous.  I really like to make reservations in advance when I am traveling.  Mary and Joseph had no way to get in touch with any of the inns in Bethlehem.  They would be staying outdoors on the trip and had to carry blankets, food, and other necessities with them.  Why were they making this trip now with Mary being with child? In the Old Testament the Prophet Micah was used of God to write: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose going forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2).  This prophecy was written hundreds of years before that first Christmas.  Then, God moved on the heart of Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered in the city of the father’s birth.  Joseph was born in Bethlehem and so he and Mary had to make the trip.
            God brought them safely on their journey.  When they arrived, because so many people had the same problem, the inns were packed.  Joseph could find no place for his wife and expected son.  So much has been made about the supposed meanness of the innkeeper.  To be honest, if he had no room all he could say was there is no room in the inn.  Maybe we should think about his allowing them to use the cave near his inn.  It was not the best, but it was where God chose to have His Son enter the world.
            Please allow me to ask a pointed question.  Do you have room for the Lord Jesus in your life?  I am afraid that way too many people, even saved people, have little or no room for Him.  It is so easy to allow cares, burdens, friends, family, recreation, job, or any number of things to crowd the Lord out of our lives. 
            One of the greatest gifts you can give to our Lord is giving Him the best in your life. Priorities are extremely important. Where on your list of priorities is your relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ? He deserves and has earned our best!  Remember, the innkeeper said, “no room.”  You and I have room for Jesus if we make the room!  Amen!