Christ at the Door

By John Risner

December 18, 2017

Have you ever booked a room online, and when you get to the hotel, it’s not at all what you expected? The pictures online don’t seem to be in the same zipcode! You saw spacious clean rooms, people relaxing by a pool, an impressive breakfast spread. They even have one of those nifty do-it-yourself waffle makers. It looks more like a storage unit with a bed. It may have been a great bargain, but you find out there’s an extra fee for clean towels, and the complimentary breakfast is an open box of Sticky Buns.

Imagine the scene when Joseph and Mary arrived in Bethlehem. They could find no suitable place to stay. No one wanted them.

The long-awaited arrival of the Savior began to unfold that night over 2,000 years ago! God broke into our world. The same God who created us and gave us the choice to know Him and serve Him.

This prophesied child would offer salvation to all who believe in Him. Jesus, fully God, divine, perfect and blameless – came to earth as a child, lived a sinless life and willingly offered his life on behalf of ours. And yet, when it was time for this Christ-child to be born, there was no suitable place!

“She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7 (NIV)

What was the conversation at the door between the innkeeper and the parents of Jesus? The innkeeper was faced with a decision to close the door in their face or invite them into his care and prepare them room. Even if all the beds inside the inn were occupied with travelers, at least the innkeeper could get creative and help them to a sheltered space where they could have some privacy and escape from the elements – which happened to be somewhere that animals were kept. What a sight! The perfect Lamb of God, born in a lowly manger. This continued throughout His life too. In Matthew 8:20 Jesus says, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

He says in Revelation, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

We all are in the same position as the innkeeper on that first Christmas. A knock on the door calls for a decision. Either prepare a space or close the door. Is there room in your life for Jesus? Or is your heart already filled with family, friends, work, success and achievement. Or maybe it’s filled with worries, fears and uncertainties.

Jesus is Immanuel. God with us. This is Christ. A God who draws near.

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