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Saturday, December 12, 2009

"No Room for JESUS"

Luke 2:1 - 7

Our text is one of the most familiar passages in all of the Bible. This text is especially emphasized during the Christmas season. There are several truths that Luke mentions that we would love to draw your attention to.

1. The Prophetic Place (v. 4, Micah 5:2)
*Jesus is called the "son of David" (Matthew 1:1)
*David was born in Bethlehem and reigned in Jerusalem.
*Jesus was born in Bethlehem and will reign in Jerusalem!

2. The Perverted Principle (v. 7) "firstborn son"
*Mary was NOT a perpetual virgin!

3. The Present Presented (v. 7) (II Corinthians 9:15)

4. The Plain People (v. 8 - 9) "shepherds" (I Corinthians 1:27)

5. The Perfect Proclamation (v. 10 - 11) (I Timothy 4:10)

6. The Praising Party (v. 13 - 14, 20)

7. The Painful Pre-occupation (v. 7) "no room for them"

We may stop and wonder why Luke would mention this sad reality in the middle of such a joyful celebration. The fact that our Lord was NOT born in the Inn reflects at least a two-fold truth:

1. Availability -God allowed His Son to be born in such a place where whosoever will could come and see Him!

2. Accountability -Imagine being the Inn Keeper who turned away Joesph, Mary, and the Lord Jesus Christ!

*The sad truth that there was NO ROOM for Jesus is still plain and evident in this day and hour!

I. No Room in the Hotel
II. No Room at the Holidays!
III. No Room in the Home!
IV. No Room in the House of God!
V. No Room in the Hearts of Man!

*Does the CHRIST who had no room in the Inn of Bethlehem have room in your Holiday Plans???