And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6–7)
One would think that if God rules the whole world and caused an empire wide registration to bring Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, that He certainly could have seen fit to have a room available in the inn.
Yes, He could have, and even more, Jesus could have been born into a wealthy family. He could have turned stone into bread in the wilderness. He could have called 10,000 angels to help Him out in Gethsemane. He could have come down from the cross and saved Himself. Really, the big question is not what God could have done, but what He wanted to do.
God’s will was that although Christ was rich, yet for our sake He became poor. The reason there were no vacancies in Bethlehem was for us. “For your sake He became poor” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
It may seem far fetched to some of you, but God rules everything, even motel vacancies, for the sake of His children. The road to Calvary started with no vacancies in Bethlehem and it ends with the cruel torture of the cross in Jerusalem.
We can’t forget what Jesus said, “He who would come after me must deny himself and take up his cross.”
When we became believers we became followers of Jesus. Recall what He said: “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you” (John 15:20).
It’s easy to cry out like Peter, “I will follow you wherever you go!” But how did Jesus respond, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no where to lay his head.”
Could God have seen to it that Jesus would have a room reserved at His birth? Certainly!!! But then that would have been a detour from the purpose of Calvary.
Something to think about as we ponder our Savior’s birth.
Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,