Luke 2:7, “They laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.”
For 4,000 years the world had been looking for Christ. When he finally arrives he is laid in a borrowed feed trough.
He could have come in grandeur and in the glory of the wealthy. But he came poor and went down into a manger…
The manger wasn’t the only thing borrowed for Jesus. He borrowed a donkey to ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. His corpse borrowed a grave…
When the Prince of Heaven came down what kind of reception did he meet? There were no hallelujahs from the people.
No sooner the news comes that he is born and the sword of Herod comes unsheathed and follows him…ultimately to Calvary. Jesus was born on death row.
There is no room for him. What nation wants him today? Does our nation want him? Suppose we put it to a popular vote. I don’t believe there is a state in our union that would vote for him. Does the church want him? We have the institution but rarely act like the body of Christ. We deny the power so I think most churches don’t truly want him.
Where is there room for the Son of God? There are some who wonder how people can commit suicide. It’s no wonder to me. When people feel there is no room for them, that no one wants them; when they feel that they are a burden to their friends and a burden to themselves, it drives them mad.
But then look at the Bethany home. It was there that Martha received Jesus into her home. It was the best thing Martha ever did. Little did she know that her loved brother was going to die soon, when she made room for Jesus.
When all earthly hope had failed and they had given up, then the sisters sent for Jesus.
Little did Martha think that the teacher she was entertaining was the Resurrection and the Life! When he saw Mary and Martha weeping, the heart of the Son of God was moved to compassion and Jesus wept.
He commanded them to take the stone away and he spoke, “Lazarus, come forth.” That was the happiest home on earth that night as Lazarus emerged. That’s what happens when we make room for Jesus.