Day 24

The Birth of Jesus

from the The Birth of Jesus reading plan


Luke 2:1-7

BY Amanda Bible Williams

Text: Luke 2:1-7

The town was teeming with people and the couple arrived late, the journey slow and uncomfortable. Mary would give birth any day now, but it was a trip they had to make. The law required it.

By the time they arrived there was no room, or at least none that was offered them. So they made a place with the animals, and that’s where she delivered Him.

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”
– Luke 2:7
, ESV

Had they no friends or family there to take them in? Was there no room in the marketplace or the schools, the temple or the synagogue? Why was this place with the livestock—the crudest of all possible options—the only where they could find room?

Charles Spurgeon had a theory that this is not unusual, that there is very little room in society provided for our Christ. Spurgeon wrote, “There is no space for the Prince of peace but with the humble and contrite spirits which by grace he prepares to yield him shelter.”

Friends, that’s you. You are where He dwells.

Perhaps you have an objection to this. Spurgeon covers some common ones here:

“‘Well,’ says one, ‘I have room for him, but I am not worthy that he should come to me.’ Ah! I did not ask about worthiness; have you room for him? ‘Oh! but I feel it is a place not at all fit for Christ!’ Nor was the manger a place fit for him, and yet there was he laid. ‘Oh! but I have been such a sinner; I feel as if my heart had been a den of beasts and devils!’ Well, the manger had been a place where beasts had fed. Have you room for him?

“Never mind what the past has been; he can forget and forgive. It mattereth not what even the present state may be if thou mournest it. If thou hast but room for Christ he will come and be thy guest.”

Do you have room for Him, dear ones? Oh, how He longs to dwell richly in you.

Jesus, come and dwell in us. May we have room for you today and always. Amen.

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For an added layer of worship during this sweet season of adoration and expectation, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for Advent 2014! You can find the complete SheReadsTruth | O Come Let Us Adore Him playlist at this link, or listen to today’s track on the player below. Enjoy!

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  1. terimakasih atas informasinya

  2. Bethany says:

    It’s so easy to make excuses for why our circumstances don’t measure up to Christ’s love for us. I love the comparison that beasts stayed where Jesus was born so nothing can be too bad for us to come to Him. :)

  3. Kasey Tuggle says:

    I’m so thankful that Jesus resides in me!!! I am so unworthy! More unworthy than I could ever even know. Yet at the same time, I am far more loved than I could ever know! So loved! So cherished! Chosen daughter of the King!

  4. Jenny says:

    I am praying for you & your husband with love & hope…

  5. Jess says:

    What a beautiful glorious message of hope! I face this Christmas at 21 with a fresh diagnosis of depression, anxiety and a relapse into bulimia. I feel so unworthy. That screams in my head every single day. But I am choosing to remind myself constantly that the darkness CANNOT survive the light! And so I come and welcome The Christ, the One who overcomes my darkness. I am weak and lowly, but He is welcome- always welcome in my heart. Oh Lord, you came in our mess that we might know that we can always come to you no matter how great our darkness. I love you Lord!

    1. Candice says:

      Jess- as someone who has walked with the suffocating, nagging hurt of depression for years, I sympathize. If you’re on FB or Instagram, follow valerieweiners. She has been in your same place and overcome it all. And what she turned her hurt into is amazing- you must see it. Love and prayers headed to you, sister.

      1. Susan says:

        Thank you for telling us about Valerie!

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