Merry Christmas everyone! It’s Daryl this time, not Dawn. Sorry it has been so long between posts from me, exceptionally long this time. It is not too late for this Christmas message, and in fact it is never too late. This message may be just in time for you. You may be rushing around frantically shopping for those last-minute Christmas gifts today, and those last second Christmas gifts tomorrow. You’re making room in your busy schedule for family and friends you love, busy with work and/or school, busy with your normal schedule and yet managing to make room for others. Dealing with crazy and congested traffic and stores, and Scrooges. Have you taken time to make room for The One who made room for you? This message is for believers in Christ but also for non-believers, as I will address both. I recently had the opportunity and blessing to preach this message at church.
Perhaps you don’t believe in Jesus Christ, the true reason why we celebrate Christmas. It’s not too late for you to make room in your life to find out who Jesus is. I urge you to pick up a Bible and read it, it won’t hurt you to just give it a read, but it will hurt you if you don’t. I urge you to visit a Bible believing and Bible teaching church, there are way too many professing Jesus and Bible believing and teaching churches out there that never open or read from The Word, so be careful, don’t just visit one church, keep visiting churches until you find one that truly believes and teaches Jesus and His Word. I urge you to seek out friends, family, co-workers, fellow students that are professing and walking the Christian faith and ask them questions as to why they believe that Christ is the one and only way to Heaven. It is not religion, good deeds, any other god than the God of the Bible, that will save you. It is not faith in Christ plus works or good deeds, it is not faith in Christ plus baptism, it is not faith in Christ plus anything that will save you. It is faith in Christ alone that saves.
If you are a saved, born again, Christian, have you made room for Jesus this Christmas? Don’t be so quick to answer yes. It’s a fair question to ask because we all get busy, and not just at Christmas time. We get busy with work, school, family, friends, to-do lists, and yes we can even get busy with church, sometimes so busy that we forget to make room for the very One who made room for us.
This Christmas season I got to thinking about The One whom, when He came into this world, no room was made. A very pregnant Mary and Joseph would find no room at the inn. I first thought of the innkeeper. Honestly, he could have made room for them even if there were no rooms available, I guarantee there was somewhere in the inn he could have made room for them for the night, just one night. Perhaps the innkeeper felt inconvenienced and didn’t want to deal with having to make room. We don’t know why he didn’t take them in because the Bible doesn’t tell us, not important why anyway. But it was because he didn’t take them in that Bible prophecy would be fulfilled, that the wise men would find The Messiah, Jesus, wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.
Think back to Noah and the ark. God told Moses to build a huge boat. This boat held two of every animal, male and female that existed during that time, and eight humans: Noah and his family. But did you know the ark was so massive it also would have housed every human that was alive then? Yes, it is true, yet only eight got on the boat. God made room for all of mankind then to be saved. Matthew 7:13-14 talks about the wide path and gate that leads to destruction and many will enter through it, and the narrow path and gate that leads to everlasting life and few will enter it. How sad. It was true in the days of Noah and is true today. In John 14:2-3 in the KJV Jesus says that in His house are many mansions and that He goes to prepare a place for us, that where He is we may be also. Revelation 21 talks of the New Jerusalem descending out of Heaven. It gives the dimensions of New Jerusalem as well, a perfect square/cube. To get an idea of how big it will be: as wide as the United States is, that is how wide, how long and how tall the New Jerusalem will be, no joke! It will be big enough to house every human that has ever existed, yet few will choose to enter it, how sad that is. God made room once again for all of mankind, but it is a choice. That choice is Jesus Christ. God made room for all mankind through His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ by way of His sacrifice on the cross which was payment for the sins of all mankind past, present and future once and for all, for Romans 6:23 says the wages or payment for sin is death. That death, our death, was paid in full by Christ’s death on the cross. Jesus knew that we would need Him after He ascended back to Heaven. In John 14:16 Jesus said He would send us a Comforter, which He tells us in the same chapter is His Holy Spirit. Jesus made room for us by sending His Holy Spirit to abide in us and us in Him. So, when we Christians get too busy with Christmas and life (and if we’re honest we can all be guilty of getting too busy) and forget to make room for Jesus, He made room in us for His Holy Spirit. Isn’t the love of Jesus something wonderful? Isn’t it something beautiful?
Let us remember, this Christmas and for the rest of this life, to make room for The One who made room for us, Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas 2016!
No Room in the Inn..by Daryl Huff…Dec. 2016