And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 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 2:6–7 ESV
Every detail of the birth of Christ is amazing to me. Who would ever think of such a plan? For the creator to come to this minuscule planet in an insignificant country to be born in an insignificant town to poor parents is shocking. To be born to an unmarried virgin is scandalous. To be born in a stable with the animals seems really over the top. That’s the way our Lord seems to do most everything. The humility in His birth smells of authenticity, Christ was born as an outsider to die for the common man. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on His birth.
“He was born in a stable; so some think the word signifies which we translate a manger, a place for cattle to stand to be fed in. Because there was no room in the inn, and for want of conveniences, nay for want of necessaries, he was laid in a manger, instead of a cradle. The word which we render swaddling clothes some derive from a word that signifies to rend, or tear, and these infer that he was so far from having a good suit of child-bed linen, that his very swaddles were ragged and torn. His being born in a stable and laid in a manger was an instance of the poverty of his parents. Had they been rich, room would have been made for them; but, being poor, they must shift as they could…. Christ would hereby put a contempt upon all worldly glory, and teach us to slight it.“
The fact that there was no room at the end hints at what the Apostle John said, “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him”. He was rejected even from His birth and at the same time the first fruits of the nations came from hundreds of miles away just to see Him.
Today it is still the same for the Lord. People reject Him still, sometimes it is just more subtle. Often, its by altering His message to suit the spirit of the age, I think they call that making church relevant. Others reject Him outright saying that the Christian message is just too exclusive. What about you? Are you making room for Him in your life? That’s really what Christmas is all about, no room at the inn.