Blogging Through The New Testament; Luke 2

I am writing tonight from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

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. Luke 2:7


Every year the poor inn keeper is portrayed as the “goat” of the nativity story, as he had no room for Mary and Joseph, and poor Mary was going into labor to boot. Not just any labor but was about to deliver the Son of God. How could the inn keeper be so cold? Wait a minute. The inn keeper worked on a first come first serve basis. It was not his fault Joseph and Mary showed up when they did, and he did have room for them- in the manger. It wasn’t like he didn’t have room for them at all. It’s not like the inn keeper meant any ill will towards the Son of God, it’s just that by the end of the day a little corner in a barn was all that was left for Jesus.


Before we give the inn keeper a bad rap let’s examine our own lives. We mean no ill will towards Jesus either, and we do have room for Him in our lives, but like the inn keeper, are we giving Him the best place in our lives or just what is left?  Today it is not at an inn that Jesus seeks a place to stay.  Jesus stands at your hearts door and says, “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.” Revelation 3:20 Do you have room for Him in your life today? If so where? Are you going to give Him the best part of your day, or just whatever is left?


You may find more studies and devotionals at In Light of The Cross.


  1. Such an appropriate way of looking at the story and the parallal sp? is so fitting.
    I hadn’t thought of it that way before. I’m afraid I’ve been guilty to many times myself. thanks


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