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Dec 9 Devotion: No Room in the Inn

Luke 2:1-7 – “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.”

Intro-

We hear a lot about this innkeeper.

  1. He is said to be-rough,greedy, no compassion, cold hearted.

  2. It would be hard to judge him without understanding his circumstance.

His Possible Situation –

  1. He is trying to make a living

  2. He is raising a family

  3. He is faced with hectic times – census

Let us compare ourselves with this man.

I. The Innkeeper didn’t know-

1. Who Jesus was – Thought it was just another customer,taxpayer

2. We know who Jesus is – Why do we put Him in the barn?

Why do we have no room for Him?

II. There were others who filled the space in the Inn –

  1. Rooms were filled with others

  2. Innkeeper’s hands were tied with the situation

  3. He didn’t turn Him away, just put Jesus aside from the main part.

  4. What is occupying the main part of your life?

  5. What’s in your life that puts Christ in the stable?

III. The Innkeeper did give the stable for Christ to be born.

  1. He gave what he had.

  2. God will take what we have and use it.

  3. It was just a stable, but great glory came from it.

Close- What and how much room are you giving Christ in your life?

-Bro. Mike Goodson

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