In our text, we read about the birth of Jesus Christ and that, when they arrived in Bethlehem, there was “…no room for them in the inn.” We’ll first consider the Christmas Story and then look at 4 other areas of our lives and today’s world that still have No Room for Jesus.
1. No Room for Jesus in the Inn.
This was an unusual time. Rome was extremely powerful and had many nations under its control. From time to time, the Roman Caesar would issue a decree that taxes needed to be received. Less than a year before this, Mary and Joseph had been like many couples in that time. They had been promised to each other in marriage but had not yet been married. They still lived in the homes of their parents while they waited for the time of their marriage.
One night, quite unexpectedly, an angel appeared to Mary and told her that she was going to be the mother of the Son of God. This would be a miracle birth as she had never been with a man. Not long after she told Joseph about this, an angel appeared to him and told him to marry her because he was to be the Step-father of the Son of God Who was to be born of Mary. That’s where we pick up the story in Luke 2.
“1 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…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,”
Mary and Joseph thought the reason for going to Bethlehem was to be taxed. God, however, had another reason. Hundreds of years earlier, God had given the prophet Micah the information about the birthplace of Jesus. In Micah 5:2, we learn that the Promised Messiah would be born in Bethlehem! Now, as He was about to be born, His mother had to be in Bethlehem to fulfill prophecy. You see, many prophecies had been made about the coming of Jesus this first time, and all would be fulfilled. So, the question comes up, “But, why was He born in a stable? Why was there “no room” for them in the inn?” The reason is that God allowed His Son to come and live in very humble circumstances.
In Philippians 2, His humility is described. He was
“6… equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself…”
His humility is further described in 2 Corinthians 8:9;
“9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”
This is the reason Jesus Christ, though He was the Son of God, was “…wrapped…in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” God wanted to offer us the gift of salvation through His Son. AND, that is…
Jesus would grow up with the family of Joseph and Mary and learn to understand the problems of daily life as a man. His public ministry would offer the King to the Jews but He would be rejected. Then, He would die on the cross, shedding His blood for our sins and paying the price that would give us salvation. Not only that, His rejection at the Inn and His life in the home of a carpenter would enable Him to experience and understand the burdens of humans. This would prepare Him for the ministry He has now for us as the “mediator” between God and mankind. We read this in 1 Timothy 2:5;
“5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…” And it is possible – partly, at least – because “…there was no room for them in the Inn.”
Sadly, today there is still no room for Jesus in many areas of our lives and world …
2. No Room for Jesus in our Government.
We know this is true in many nations around the world because their entire belief system does not recognize Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Though many think Communism is dead, it is still alive in countries like China, North Korea, and Cuba. There is no room for Jesus, the Son of God, in these governments. And, how about the countries where Islam is the predominant religion? Although Jesus is recognized, it is as a prophet and NOT as the Son of God. BUT, there is also no room for Jesus in OUR government today.
This is said to be because of the concept of the “separation of church and state”. The real reason is that many of our government leaders are unbelievers and do not believe that He is the Son of God. Moreover, they don’t want to “offend” any religion so a resurrected Savior is out of line.
As a result, His name is being left out of prayers, even though we are taught to pray “in Jesus’ name”. His name is now no longer appropriate, and in many cases, not permitted to be used, at public gatherings. This includes public schools, public ceremonies, and even public athletic contests. If a football coach tries to pray with his team, he is seen as a “religious” fanatic and can sometimes even lose his job. What a sad state of affairs when there is no room for Jesus in our government. BUT, it is worse than that! In many cases, there is…
3. No Room for Jesus in our Churches.
In some churches, the emphasis is upon the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, according to the Bible, is God just as Jesus is God. The Holy Spirit and Jesus, however, have different responsibilities and we are to view them differently. Look with me, please, to John 16, and let’s see what Jesus had to say about the ministry of the Holy Spirit. In fact, if you want to study this on your own, Jesus reveals the Holy Spirit and His ministry in chapters 14, 15, and 16 of John. Notice how clear this is stated in 16:13-14.
“13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is not about Himself; it is about Jesus Christ. When churches get caught up in trying to demonstrate the gifts of the Spirit, such as speaking in tongues, they put a great deal of emphasis on the Holy Spirit and, sometimes, this results in much less teaching and preaching about Jesus Christ!
Some churches don’t emphasize the Holy Spirit, but they want to spend all of their time speaking about God the Father. We need to understand God the Father; we need to love God the Father; but we cannot do this at the cost of failing to speak about Jesus Christ. Here is what is happening today: when a preacher speaks about God, very few are offended. When he speaks about Jesus Christ, even some who attend “main line” churches become offended.
As a result, people are missing the plan of salvation! Salvation isn’t through the Holy Spirit. He is active in salvation and it is the Holy Spirit who enters our lives when we are saved, but salvation is through Jesus Christ and His shed blood. There is only one way to be saved. It is not a Baptist way versus a Methodist way; it is the Bible way or “no way”! John 3:16-17 states it very clearly.
“16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him (Jesus Christ, not the Holy Spirit) should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him (Jesus Christ, not the Holy Spirit) might be saved.”
Those who look to anyone other than Jesus Christ for salvation cannot be saved. For those who want to believe in God and not go to Him through Jesus Christ, let me remind you about something; James 2:19
“19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
We know that they are not saved! Salvation is only through Jesus Christ. Romans 6:23 says:
“23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
I am convinced that, in some cases, there is no room for Jesus in some churches! Now, let’s bring this closer to home. I believe, in some cases, there is…
4. No Room for Jesus in our Homes.
In many cases, families have become so busy that the Spiritual is simply left out of their lives! Children have homework, ball games, music lessons, martial arts classes, concerts, and all sorts of things keeping them busy. Parents are trying to keep up with their children’s schedules as well as a second job or Facebook friends or night classes or television and are just too busy to worry about the Spiritual side of life. In fact, look at your life and your schedule; do you take time to teach your children about Jesus? Some parents think they can take their children to church once a week and they’ll get enough “Jesus” for the week. AND, what is…
As a result, young people are not being saved! Young people, without the privilege of learning about Jesus Christ and His salvation, are turning to the world or to their friends for answers to life’s important questions. They are deciding right from wrong based on what their friends think or what a college professor tells them. Instead of having their sins forgiven, they are dealing with the guilt of their sins. AND, they are not learning how to teach their children, when they come along, about Jesus. All over “Christian America”, there is no room for Jesus in our homes. One final thought is this; there is often…
5. No Room for Jesus in our Lives.
I think that it is amazing that people are living longer lives today than in past years. A lot of that has to do with healthier diets, spending time exercising, and taking vitamins. That is a good thing. BUT, we have become obsessed with our physical life and have neglected our Spiritual lives.
The reason people have left Jesus out of their lives is very personal. For some, it is that they just don’t know about their need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. For some, the need for Jesus has been replaced by their idea that they need “religion”. For some, they have heard that they need Jesus Christ in their lives but they have made a decision that they’d rather do it their own way. They are filled with pride as they say that they can do it their own way. Over and over, we read in the Bible that faith in Jesus Christ is the key to salvation, yet people resist the invitation to accept Him as Savior. Sometimes they are deceived into thinking there is another way. Whether deceived or resisting the Holy Spirit,
Jesus said, in John 3:3,
“3…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Jesus said, in John 14:6,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
In the final Book in the Bible, the Book of Revelation. In 21:8, we read about what happens to those who DO NOT trust in Jesus Christ for salvation; for those who have no room for Jesus in their lives;
“8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
This is a warning: if you live and die without Jesus Christ, this is your final destination!
Conclusion – To think of a young couple giving birth out in the stable while others rested comfortably inside the Inn seems so wrong. There was no room for Jesus in the Inn that night.
But, sadder than that is the fact that some may know the story, but still have no room for Jesus in their lives. This is very sad because it all turned out alright for Jesus. His parents were there, His birth was the focus of all of Heaven that night, and local shepherds came to welcome Him to the earth. BUT, if someone leaves this present life without Jesus Christ as Savior, it won’t work out alright. In fact, that person will regret it for all of eternity!
There was no room for Christ that night;
The Inn was full, you see,
So He was born – the Son of God –
In a stable that was free.
They laid Him in a manger there,
Perhaps ‘twas filled with straw,
As Mary, Joseph, and Heav’nly hosts
Gazed with wonder and with awe.
The Shepherds went and found Him there,
The Gift so freely given,
So we could have eternal life
And have our sins forgiven.
So please make room for Jesus Christ;
He wants to save your soul.
His blood was shed so we could be
Forgiven and made whole.
– David Perdue (December 19, 2014)