“7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.” ~ Luke 2:7-12, 15
Why was there was no room at the inn for Joseph and Mary about to give birth to Jesus? Joseph and Mary had found favor with God. They had accepted God’s will for their lives and were humbly performing the tasks set before them. Why didn’t God prepare a nice comfortable room for them in Bethlehem?
The answer to this question is found in their first visitors, the shepherds. Shepherds were outcasts: they were scorned and considered filthy, unclean: unfit to inhabit the same space as normal people
If Jesus had been born in a room in an inn, no shepherd would have been permitted to visit him. They would not have been allowed through the door. But God sent Jesus for everyman, so Jesus had to be born in a stable that even the lowliest, even the outcast, even the scorned could come to Him.
Are you an outcast? Have you been rejected? There is nothing that stand between you and God. No matter how lowly our station in life, God loves us and wants to save us. Indeed, nothing can an nothing will separate us from the love of God… if we will accept Him (Romans 8:31-39). He is here for us: He wants to save us from the wretched consequences of sin and sinfulness.
Finally, sometimes it is difficult to know why we face challenges/difficulties/obstacles even when we are walking in God’s will doing the work He set before us. But rest assured, even when there is no “room for us at the inn” even when it is hard for us to find God in the storm… He is there. He is working out a plan that might be hard for us to understand. But He has not abandoned us.
Mary and Joseph would likely not have known that Shepherds were to visit Jesus, who was their Saviour too. But as Joseph and Mary put their trust in God, His perfect plan was revealed to them… And as we wait on God, He will reveal His perfect plans for us in just the same way.
When life gets confusing, when we don’t understand, let us continue to trust in God… He might just be preparing a way for Shepherds to come for a visit.
Have a Blessed Christmas.