NO ROOM---CHRIST CROWDED OUT
Jesse M. Hendley
In Luke 2:7, we read a wonderful statement and a very
heartbreaking thought, too, in relation to the coming
of the Lord Jesus into this world at His birth. We
read about Mary, "she brought forth her firstborn
son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid
him in a manger: (stable) because there was no room
for them in the inn." When God comes down to this
world, this baby, born into this world, is the Living
God bringing Himself into the form of a little baby's
body and then being born into this world in order that
we might be saved. This is the coming of the Living
God in love to the human race. This is the coming of
God to redeem us, to save us in the midst of our
troubles, our sorrows, and our lost condition.
But as He came to this world we find there was no
place for Him in the inn. We have the record here of
Mary as Jesus was born, "She brought forth her son."
She did three things, she gave Him birth, she wrapped
Him in swaddling clothes, and then she laid Him away
in a manger. Here's a baby that didn't have the
advantages most babies have. He's the Living God
coming into human flesh. You'd think that He would
have been laid in a palace and a room filled with
jewels, but not so, just a cow stall or an animal
feeding place. A stable is the word. She brought forth
her child and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and
laid Him in a stable. Why? Because there was no room
for them in the inn. No room for them. The word room
here is place. There was no place for them at all in
the inn. Christ is crowded out. Christ was crowded out
in those days, when He was born into this world. No
place for Christ to come from Heaven into this world
but with animals.
I'd like to remind you, here is God coming down to
redeem man, to save him, and yet He's crowded out from
men entirely. When Jesus Christ was born into this
world, He was crowded out ...
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