Nazareth was full to capacity. Every room had been taken. It was busy with people travelling into it from the towns and cities all around it. The people were being registered and taxed by the authorities. Each person had to return to the place of their birth. Mary and Joseph found themselves in Nazareth by divine providence. In line with the prophetic words of Jacob, as he was dying on his bed: Shiloh would come as the scepter departed from Judah (Genesis 49:10). Also prophesied by Micah, the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (The House of Bread).
Though there was no place in the Inn for Mary and Joseph, we know that the Bible teaches us that all things work together for good for all those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). God has a plan and purpose. There is nothing that happens on this earth without the Lord’s knowledge. In God’s divine plan, Mary and Joseph were not to give birth to Jesus in any of the comfortable resting places for visitors. It was predetermined that there would be no room for Joseph and Mary to have the baby.
Don’t we get disappointment when life does not turn out the way we envisioned. Nobody knows what God has in store when life does not go as planned. The Holy Spirit had spoken to Mary and Joseph about the child to be born. They knew about Jesus, the Saviour of the world, but the Inn keepers didn’t. Mary and Joseph were rejected on every side. If the Inn keepers had known the nature of the child to be born, they would have rolled out the red carpets and blown the trumpets!!!
The Saviour and the Judge of all man- kind was about to be born as the son of man. Emmanuel, God with us, would take on the form of a man. One who would leave His majesty in total submission and humility to the Father. One who would have the highest name, the name above every other name. The Redeemer of the whole world. These things were hidden from the Inn keepers. It was not revealed.
This is a picture of what is happening today. It points to the blindness of the world. The world has no room or time for Jesus. It is busy running after its own agenda and wants nothing to do with Christ. Especially during this time of the year, many people are busy with so many activities, in His name. They have no time to let Him in. They have no place for Him. This is no surprise because even during Jesus’ earthly ministry, He was despised and rejected. It was sign of things to come (Isaiah 53). He was a man of many sorrows, acquainted with grief. He came to His own and they did not receive Him.
Despite all the scriptures and prophesies concerning the One who was to come, Israel did not recognise Him. With all the miracles, signs and wonders they did not recognise their Messiah. Even Gentiles turned their backs on Jesus. This should be a great consolation to those who are rejected because they genuinely follow the divine Jesus of scripture.
Jesus said, Foxes have holes, Birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no where to lay His head (Matthew 8:20, Luke 9:28). Even animals have a place to sleep, but Christ, the King of Kings is turned away daily. The creator has no place in the midst of the things He created.
What place does He have in our schools and universities? In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
What place does He have in our establishments and government? He is the Head of all sovereignty, government, powers and principalities.
What place does He have in the Church? He is the Head of the Church. He is the Rock upon which the Church is built.
Many ministers who love the sheep and look like the Shepherd are turned away from the most up-scale events. They are not invited to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. The Christ of the Bible is not welcome there. He is barred from many services and Christmas events. He has to compete with the sons of men to present Himself on book covers and billboards that proclaim to speak about Him. Christ is not welcome. What does the Bible say? A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master (Matthew 10:24).
Will you let Christ into your heart this Christmas? The Jesus Christ of the Bible?
As you shop, seek bargains and send Christmas cards, will you remember the Saviour of your soul? As you indulge in the festive events, will you let Him take His place? We all stand in need of Jesus Christ today. Only Jesus can satisfy. Only Jesus can wash away guilt and shame. Open the door of your heart, welcome Him in today!!! REST in the One who abounds in Grace.
Hallelujah!!! Emmanuel is with us!!! Salvation is come!!! Hosannah in the Highest!!!
©Ruth Dickson Author UK Christian Author
Day 11 “Behold Emmanuel” 11th December 2015
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