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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

No Room for Jesus (Luke 2)

Ironic that my Bible reading would land in Luke 2 today on Christmas Eve. I'm sure we all are familiar with Luke's account of Jesus' birth. But what if we read it this time asking how it relates to our lives today? What might stand out that we haven't seen before?

What hit me about the Christmas story this morning was that the world was not ready for Jesus' birth. The world was busy, living life, focused on their to-do list. The scene of Jesus' birth opens with Bethlehem being so full, there is no room for Jesus.

But God said, "this, is the time." Yet there was no room for God to step down off of His throne and take on human flesh so that mankind could know Him intimately.

Yet it was the exact time that God needed to come. God chose a virgin to be with child and give birth at the exact time that Jesus was born.

Luke 2:6-7 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. [7] And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

The world was not ready for Jesus. In fact, the world didn't want Jesus to come. The world didn't think it needed salvation from sin.

Today, just like 1,990 years ago when Jesus came the first time, the world is not ready for Jesus. In fact, the world does not want Jesus to come again. But Scripture tells us that He will.

At just the right time, Jesus will step off His throne in heaven and once again come for His people. But when that time comes, most won't be ready. Most will miss it.

Most aren't preparing their hearts for Jesus. Most aren't looking around seeing the signs begin to take place, and lifting their heads to welcome their Savior, their Blessed Hope. Just like then, very few are preparing for the coming of the King of kings and Lord of lords.

What about you? Are you stopping, shutting off the distractions, and preparing your heart for Jesus, both in celebration of His birth and in anticipation of Him coming once again?

Titus 2:12-13 We should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, [13] looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Dear Lord, The busyness of this time seems best described as "Being Under Satan's Yoke." Lord, please help me stop, shut off the distractions, and prepare my heart for You, celebrating your birth and looking forward to seeing You come in the clouds. Lord, thank you for stepping off the throne and taking on human flesh to provide salvation so that I can be forgiven of my sins and live forever in your presence. In Jesus' name, amen.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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