While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Continuing in my study of the Book of Luke I have come to very familiar passages for anyone who has attended Christmas services on a regular basis. I read this passage out of the new NIV translation and stopped to consider a difference in the passage than I am accustomed; “guest room.” Usually I read, “because there was no room in the inn”, not “because there was no guest room available.”
Brain started swirling and thoughts were piecing themselves together. Jesus did not come to this earth to be a guest, to visit for awhile and see all of the local sights with us. Jesus came to earth to get down in the nitty gritty of life with us. The inn, the guest room, was no place for Jesus from the very beginning. He was not meant to be a guest at the inn and He is not meant to be a guest in our lives. Jesus is to a part of us where we live; not to pass through our lives but dwell with us.
It was not a sad set of circumstances that played into Jesus being born in the stable; in the barn. Jesus was born where life happens; not where guests pass through.
Living with Jesus,