When a news event takes place in a small community, news reporters give the town and its people publicity and sometimes publicity they have never had before.
The birth of a baby in our surrounding communities would be nothing out of the ordinary to hear about; Bethlehem wasn’t any different.
However, one night a baby was born in Bethlehem who had a far-reaching influence on the lives of people down through the ages. This was the birth of Jesus, the son of God.
Some of us have had the experience of going to a motel or hotel receiving the unexpected news-they are full, there is no room. We give a big sigh and venture on to the next place, or until we find a place to stay.
When Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem, they discovered there was no room for them in the inn. The only place they could find to stay was a stable, where animals were fed.
One amazing thing happened that night, the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, entered history in that stable was wrapped in swaddling clothes, and gently placed in a hay-filled manger.
The shepherds, wise men, and many others looked up into the sky and saw a bright star shining, they followed it to where the baby laid in the manger.
Our local newspaper reporters do not look up into the sky and say, “I see a bright star in the sky, let’s follow the star, a baby must be born.”
At Christmas-time we are all very busy and much involved with our own plans that we sometimes crowd Him out. We become so preoccupied with our lives we forget the true reason for Christmas.
He was crowded out of the inn as His birthplace.
Today, He is often crowded out of the very celebrations which honor His birthday.
Have I let Him be crowded out of my Christmas plans, or have I put Him at the center of them? Have I crowded Him out of my life plans, or have I given Him room?