• Pastor Joe Esposito

Make Room for Jesus

Luke 2: 6-7, "While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."

Most of the world celebrates Christmas each year with gifts and food, going to parties and sharing time with family and friends. But they are not making room for Jesus. Our Lord and Savior was born on Christmas day in a manger because there was no room for Him in the inn.

Jesus, the Savior of His children, was born in a manger with a few animals at His side. This was not just another day in the lives of people; this was the day the long-awaited Messiah was born.

At this time of the year, we are cleaning our homes and preparing meals as we anticipate the arrival of guests and family members at Christmas. Let us also prepare our hearts in anticipation of the Lord's coming.

What a wonderful gift Jesus brings to us. His life set us free from the bondage of sin, we have forgiveness in Him and Jesus is always interceding to the Father on our behalf. This kind of a gift cannot be bought; it is given to us free of charge when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and then follow Him to the best of our ability.

I can't help but wonder how many blessings and miracles people have missed because they didn't have room in their hearts and their homes to receive Jesus. At this time of year, there is so much distraction that it blocks out our ability to hear from God what is truly important.

History tells us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a town with many inns and homes. Any one of them could have welcomed the birth of the Lord. Only one innkeeper allowed Mary and Joseph to birth their firstborn son in a warm, dry place - in a manger.

How about you at this time of the year. Are you out of room in your life for Jesus? Search your heart this season and understand why we celebrate Christmas. Let’s welcome Jesus in our hearts and homes, a dry warm place for Him to visit with us.

Most gracious Father in heaven, we thank you for sending Jesus into our lives and our hearts. We welcome Him there. Amen.

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