No Vacancy at Christmas
1. NO ROOM HISTORICALLY
A) A Prophecy That Was Fulfilled
B) A Place That Was Full
2. NO ROOM SYMBOLICALLY
A) A Society with No Room for Christ
B) A Season with No Room for Christ
3. NO ROOM PERSONALLY
A) Have You Opened Your Heart to Jesus?
B) Will You Open Your Heart to Jesus?
In the fall of 1775, the manager of Baltimore's largest hotel refused lodging to a man dressed as a farmer. The manager thought that his lowly appearance would discredit his Inn. The man left and found a room in another place. Shortly thereafter, the manager discovered that the man he had refused lodging was none other than Thomas Jefferson, then Vice President of the United States. Immediately he sent a note to Jefferson and invited him to return as his guest. Jefferson replied by instructing his messenger: ''Tell him I have already engaged a room. I value his good intentions highly, but if he has no place for a dirty American farmer, he has none for the Vice President of the United States.''
In much the same way, when the Lord Jesus came into this world, there was no room at the inn. After more than 2,000 years nothing has changed. There are ''No Vacancies'' signs displayed in many a heart and home because there is no room for Jesus.
I think of the old hymn No Room in the Inn:
No beautiful chamber, no soft bed,
No place but a manger, nowhere for His head;
No praises of gladness, no thought of their sin,
No glory but sadness, no room in the inn.
No one to receive Him, no welcome while here,
No balm to relieve Him, no staff but a spear;
No seeking His treasure, no weeping for sin,
No doing His pleasure, no room in the inn.
The refrain goes:
No room, no room for Jesus,
O give Him welcome free,
Lest you should hear at Heaven's gate,
''There is no room for thee.''
Today, I want to focus your attention upon the words ''there was no room for them in the inn'' (vs. 7). Let's begin ...
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