Jesus Gave All – Because He Love Us
“And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 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.” Luke 2:6-7
Jesus enters the world in not only humble, but completely menial circumstances, not the palace of a King, not the soft downy comfort of the rich, not the warm cozy dwelling of the tradesman, not even the small humble dwelling of a servant in a great house. He enters in a feeding trough in a stable, in a manger.
Now you would think that someone got mixed up on the planning of this world-changing event. Who was in charge of booking the reservation at the hotel? Surely, God must have known there was going to be limited space available. So, why didn’t the angels get there ahead of time and prepare a suitable place for the King of the Universe. And why was there no room in this town for the Savior of the world? Seriously?
The one thing that we know about the plans and purposes of God is that they are never subject to mistakes and there are never any surprises.
Joseph and Mary may not have been fully aware of God’s plan, but this is exactly the manner in which Jesus was intended to enter the world as a baby born to a virgin of lowly and humble station with no great network of powerful people to gain the advantage for her and her child over all other babies born that night. Who knows? Jesus may have been the only baby in all the World born in a stable that night because there was no room in the Inn.
The Inn in our story is a metaphor for the hearts of the people in the day Jesus was born and still today. The world was much like it is today. There were wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, evil men ruling over the poor and the weak, the greedy robbing from the poor, the powerful making rules for others to abide by while they “live large” at the expense of the working class. It was a fear-ridden time, a time of poverty, sickness and premature death on the one hand and great abundance of wealth and power on the other. It was a time when men sought their own way and eschewed (held in disdain, disrespect) the Laws of God’s righteousness. It was a time when sin was honored and celebrated while righteousness was trodden under foot in the streets, a time when rulers beheaded the righteous on a bet. It was time of great darkness, spiritually, mentally, socially and relationally. It was a time of great evil and madness.
Into this world, Jesus enters as a vulnerable helpless baby, solely at the mercy of His mother and earthly father to care for Him, protect Him, and provide for Him just like every other child.
Here too, is God’s perfect plan in action. Mary and Joseph have been precisely chosen for this role, to love, to provide for and to bring this child up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
It may seem as though God has taken a great risk with these two young people, but indeed, He knew precisely the condition and attitude of their hearts and so He entrusted them with this awesome responsibility. The world did not recognize Him and indeed made no room for Him, but He came nevertheless to live, to preach, to heal, to suffer and to die for them and for us because HE LOVES US.