CHRISTMAS EVE RECAP
No Vacancy – The Untold Nativity Story
This weekend was amazing here at My City Church! It is so great to see what God can do when people come together to connect with Him!
Most of us have heard the story of the birth of Jesus so much we can each probably explain the story from memory! Joseph and Mary had to go register for a census. In those days, to register, each person had to physically go to the town their ancestors were from regardless how far it was away. For Joseph and Mary they had to travel to Bethlehem from Nazareth, which was probably about a four-day journey. This journey was an even greater challenge because Mary was VERY pregnant. After they arrived in Bethlehem, Mary went in to labor, but they had nowhere to stay much less have a baby. All the inns in the town were full and so they had to make due with a stable. There in that stable the entire world forever changed with the birth of Jesus.
Luke 2:1-7 (NIV)
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Now, we know you know the story, but have you taken the time to consider all of the story? For example, have you ever really thought about that last phrase of the passage above?
…there was no guest room available for them.
Jesus, the savior of the world, the Word incarnate, the Alpha and Omega, was placed in a feeding trough for animals because there was no room for him anywhere else. The metaphor here is simple, but it is really interesting how few of us consider Jesus in this way. The innkeepers in the town of Bethlehem had no room for Jesus, how about each of us?
Are we like the innkeeper? Is it possible God is trying to do things but we have a “No Vacancy” sign. God wants to birth within us hope and joy and power and courage, but is there space for Him in our lives? He wants us to see there is more than just our normal day to day, but are we open?
In the book of Isaiah, the birth of Jesus was foretold and in the prophecy the messiah is referred to as Immanuel. This means “God with us.” God’s desire was and still is to be near to us. In fact, the story of Jesus’ birth is the story of how much God has done to be with us. Unfortunately, we are often so busy, our lives so full, that we have no room for Him.
See, religion is about how we try to get to God to earn His approval or even His honor. The story of Jesus, though, is about God instead coming to us. Jesus came to us because we could not go to Him. He eventually died on a cross for us because we could not free ourselves from the sin that separated us from God. He then also was raised up from the dead to stay with us forever.
It comes down to one simple question: Is there room for Him in your life?
We tend to think it is our behavior that is keeping us from God, but Jesus came in spite of who we are, how we act, or what we think.
What if we just made room for Jesus?
This is truly the Good News or Gospel, Jesus came because we needed Him to come and all we need to do is make space for Him.
Is there room for Jesus in your life?
Is there room for a savior to be born in your life?
Jesus, the light of the world, wants to stay with you.
God Himself loves you enough to make sure this much is clear. As this well-known verse states:
John 3:16-21 (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Will you make room for Him today?