December 4th, 2019
That Night When the Inn Was Full
Luke 2:7 (KJB) 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.
Imagine if a young lady was pregnant and bearing down for imminent birth today was turned away from numerous area hospitals or hotels. A cry would likely go out about such a hostile incident serving only to be an unfriendly and unwelcoming circumstance, not at all helpful for a young mother bringing an infant into this world. Most would venture to say such an act would be downright cruel.
The Bible does not record that Mary, ready to give imminent birth, called attention to her immediate circumstances. Or even that she complained or fretted about it being an unfavorable environment to give birth. No, the Bible records that Mary gave birth in the only place available. A lowly stable, or what we might call a barn today, far removed from a modern-day hotel.
Jesus Christ was ushered into this world in the flesh with a humble beginning and was placed in a feeding trough being born among animals in a stable. Rather than this news flashed on television screens as part of the twenty-four-hour news circus we have become accustomed to, God lighted His sky with this great news concerning the birth of Jesus Christ, giving a divine broadcast to the world.
Perhaps the inn was full, but there remained a place perfect for the birth of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Mary gave birth to Jesus in the manger and laid Him in the trough. These conditions are far removed from birthing practices expected by women in this world today for delivering infants; none as important as was the birth of Jesus Christ.