Simple but Profound

You all know this familiar Christmas story:

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And all went to be registered, each to his own town.  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,  to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.  And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7)


What a simple statement for such a profound thought! There was no place for them at the inn. That reminds me of the song we sing, “come into my heart Lord Jesus, there is room in my heart for you.”  The truth is, though, God’s creation has never really had a place for him. In fact, we could really say the creature is in rebellion against its creator. Perhaps John says it best: (John 1:10-11) “He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.  He came to his own, and his own did not receive him.”   He was not even received as a baby at the inn. Even in the manger there was the shadow of a cross to which he would go for those who otherwise would have no room for him.

May your Christmas worship be filled with awe of one so great born in such a lowly place for people who do not wish to know him. 

George W. Carraway Phd

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