by Steve Joostens
there was no room available for them in the inn.
Luke 2:7c and Luke 4:16-32, & 9:51ff
We approach the story with the eye of faith and see what the carnal eye cannot see once again. The GREATEST of all wonders set in very few words. So marvelous! We too will see the signs as the shepherds and rejoice when we return home!
Several details are told us and some are not regarding the scene. There was no room for Him in the inn. The inns were square structures with a center courtyard. Two stories with the 1st story reserved for the servants who took care of the animals in the courtyard. And they found themselves in the 1st story with servants and animals. There was no room for them in the inn, but only in the courtyard. Why no room? We literally read here “no place for them in the inn.” This is not happen stance, but God who guides the circumstances of history as HE controls ALL things! His mighty hand was right there and the scene set in place by the Almighty God Himself! It was brought about by His good pleasure.
What does all this mean? Our Lord had a RIGHT to a place in the very world He created! Of the house and lineage of David mind you…and He should have a place! And yet, the heir of Abraham finds no place! His birth however was only indicative of His entire life…even though even the birds have a nest! Christ never owns or owned a house. There was no place down below and there is no place with God as we see it in the cross…suspending Him between heaven and earth with no place! A curse of God with no place for Him is the heart of the matter. Despised and rejected of men and none desired Him!
The cruelty of the Roman empire and just the times in those days and it would be different today in the age of enlightenment would it not? The moment you tell them about Christ and take them to the prophesies and to His very words there is no one that would put that baby in their manger scene and bed! Everything to do with the carnal mind that stands in hatred against God and His Christ in its sin and corruption. And we too would have no place for Him in our lives! They want a manger scene, but do not want the Lord of Glory!
Wonder of all wonders. The Almighty God makes place for God who makes place for Him and sets Him in His history among a world that writes Him out of “their” history! Almighty God instills Himself in the heart of such a sinner to give them appreciation for such! Not us….but because God gives Him place with Him in our heart.
No place. No place for Him in order that we may have a place with Him eternally! No place so that we may have a PREPARED PLACE FOREVERMORE!
The wonder of God’s grace!
For Advent devotions this year, we are using Pastor Tim Keller’s themes in his new book Hidden Christmas