Responding To The Savior
How we respond to people is pretty important. I heard about three men who went to apply for a job. The first one walked in for his interview and the man behind the desk said, "What's the first thing you notice when you see me?" The man said, "You don't have any ears." The interviewer screamed, "Get out of my office, you'll never work for this company." The second man walked in and was asked the same question: "What's the first thing you notice when you look at me?" He gave the same answer, "You don't have any ears." The interviewer screamed at him, "Get out of my office and don't ever come back."
As the third applicant started into the office, the second man said, "Don't say anything about his ears. He's kind of touchy about it."
The third man entered the office and was asked the question: "What is the first thing you notice when you see me?" The man answered, "You wear contact lens." The interviewer asked, "How did you know that?" The man said, "Well, there is no way you could wear a pair of glasses!"
How we respond to people is important-but something more important is how we respond to Jesus. This morning I want us to look at some of the characters of the cradle and see how they responded to the Savior. Somewhere in this scene you and I will likely find ourselves.
1. THE INNKEEPER NEGLECTED HIM.
Jesus was born in a feed trough because "There was no room for them in the inn."
God is perfect in his timing. Caesar Augustus had ordered a census be taken. Citizens had to go to the city of their birth to be registered. Joseph was born in Bethlehem. This is the place where Micah the prophet prophesied that the Messiah would be born. So Joseph and Mary made the 80 mile trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem in the last days of her pregnancy. This had to be an ordeal for Mary.
God's timing is always perfect. When they arrived in Bethlehem so many people were there that Motel six had turned their light off. The ...
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