“Have We Humbly Prepared Room for Jesus Christ 我們已謙卑地預備地方給耶穌基督嗎？“（Luke 路加福音2:1-7）
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 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.
Luke clearly tells us that he recorded actual history and real events. Under the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, he presented this most amazing event of Jesus’ birth in a simple, understated manner. To register at their own city, Joseph and Mary took a roughly eighty miles’ trip which was not a short distance in those days and demanded a significant undertaking, costing time and money. We are not told that anyone assisted Mary in the birth. Wrapping baby Jesus in torn clothes and placing him in a manger by Mary herself points to a lonely, humble birth. ‘No guest room available’ could symbolise that the only place where there was room for Lord Jesus was on the cross.
Prayer: Father God, today small events could often be inflated with over-description and presented as more important than they actually are. On the other hand we might often miss such necessary details of this most amazing event of Jesus’ birth that we look lightly its significance to our faith. Thank you for your reminder through this lonely, humble birth that we need to make room in heart for Lord Jesus receiving Him not only as our Saviour but also as Lord of our lives. Amen.