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Dec 23 Devotion: No Room for Jesus!

Luke 2:1-14– And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 ¶ And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

There are several ways to view what has become the Christmas Story. There’s the…

  1. Prophetic Aspect

*the prophecy of…

  1. a) His Lineage- II Sam. 7:11-12; 132:11; Is. 9:6; Is. 16:5; & Jer. 23:5

  2. b) the Time- 9:25

  3. c) the Place- 5:2

  4. d) the Miracle- 7:14

  5. Pictorial Aspect

Taxation= oppression

Bethlehem= House of Bread

Swaddling clothes= new beginning, protection & provision

Manager= didn’t come for a kingdom

Shepherds= He sought common people to proclaim Him

Annunciation= Good news for all to hear

III. Personal Aspect –v. 7

The only real question is; “Have you made room for Jesus?”

No Room for Jesus!

Rev. 3:20– Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

*have you made room for Him in…

  1. your Heart?

  2. your Home?

  3. the House of God?

It truly is amazing that we can make room or time for anything we want… except Jesus! Unfortunately, so many just don’t want Him. May God help us to desire Him above everything else this Christmas!    –Pastor Doug Foster


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