The apostle John opened his Gospel with the affirmation that God sent Jesus to be born and bring His LOVE into our world in a human form.
14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing LOVE and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
John 1:14 NLT.
Jesus bringing this love through His birth fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy of God providing His love and forgiveness for us. God’s one and only Son was born into this world to open our hearts and spirits to His “unfailing love…”.
Christmas is a good time for gathering with family and friends to celebrate our love for one another. We mark our calendars and set our schedules to make sure we can take part in as many activities as possible. Some of those activities will be in the form of worship and remembering Jesus’ birth, and some will be family gatherings or time spent with friends.
Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth brings us some good direction on including Jesus in all our Christmas celebrations. Luke tells us that even though Jesus was on the way, and He was God’s only Son, there was no place for Joseph and Mary to welcome Him to their family. There was “no room” for them and no one lining up to see His birth.
How often do we approach Christmas celebrations or any circumstances in our lives and we are so busy that we have no room for Jesus in our lives?
We often find fault with the innkeeper in Luke’s account from that night, but we shouldn’t be too hard on him. He had an inn full of people to tend to and keep happy, and once he was full, he was full.
Our lives are much too close to his in that we have too much going on and too many moving parts to open any extra space, that we don’t really think we have, for God to be in our lives.
We should be thankful to God that He loved us enough that even though we didn’t make room for Him then, and we often don’t make room for Him today, His love is still “full and unfailing,” and He will never let us down when we allow His love to be a part of our lives.
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