The Saviour Born without a Room!!!
And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn….. Luke 2:1-7
In our previous Studies, We have been considering the Birth of John the Baptist and the Circumstances that surrounds His Birth. We also saw the Ministry of John the Baptist from the Prophecy of Zachariah and its application to the Church and our lives. Finally, we have come to the Birth of Jesus Christ. And it is interesting to see the Circumstances that surrounds the Birth of our Saviour.
And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered : In the Old testament in the book of Micah, there is a prophecy that the Messiah was to be Born in Bethlehem(Micah 5:2). In fact this was the place the chief priests and the Scribes quoted to Herod when the Wise Men brought the News that the King of the Jews has been born to the Palace. When Herod the King heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.(Matthew 2:3-6).
But Joseph and Mary were living in Nazareth(Luke 1:26). So how is this Prophecy going to be fulfilled? If this census registration had not taken place at this time, Mary would have delivered the baby in Nazareth. Also, if Caesar Augustus the emperor of the Roman had ordered the decree a month earlier, Mary and Joseph would have registered and came back to Nazareth. Similarly, if it was a Month later, Mary and Joseph would still be in Nazareth. So in either of this cases, Jesus would have been born in Nazareth and the Prophecy could not have been fulfill.
Behold the Wonderful Sovereignty of God!!! At that Particular time that Jesus was to be Born, at that particular day, Joseph and Mary entered Bethlehem!!! This happened because the Sovereign God, Almighty who controls the mind of the rulers of the Universe and the Earth Made Caesar Augustus to pass out a decree that a Census should be taken and that everybody should go back to their home town. Normally, There is no need to go back to one’s Home Town for census registration, census has been taken in many countries of the world without people been told to go back to their Home Town. But here, we see Augustus giving put out an usual Decree that everyone should go back to their Home Town. This is God at work!!! For this is the only Way to move Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem because that was their Home Town.
So we see God sovereignly controlling World affair for the fulfillment of what was written about Jesus. And We know that there is no partiality with God. What He did for Jesus the first Born, He will do for Us. God who sovereignly controlled the Emperor in that day can control the Greatest Ruler in the World today whenever He wants to do something for His Children and servants. We need to believe this and have faith for it. That All authority in Heaven and Earth belongs to our God(Matt 28:18). That God works all things according to the counsel of His will(Ephesians 1:11).That God causes ALL things to work out for our good(Romans 8:28). We need to have this faith for the days are coming where Christians and Church will face a lot of difficulties, persecution and the tribulations. If we are to stand in that day, we must believe that God is control of the Rulers of the world and controls every thing even little events like census.
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn: Now We may ask, “If this God can control the Mind of the Ruler to conduct a Census, Can’t He at least organise a Room in the inn for Jesus to be Born?” This would have been the easiest thing for God to do!!! Why was it then that when they came to the Inn, there was no room? All the inns has been filled up because many people came back to Bethlehem for the census registration and needed a place to Lodge.
This is also part of the sovereignty of God to make sure every inn was crowded so that there would be no place for Jesus to be Born in a decent Inn. So the only place available was in a Manger outside the inn where the cattle were kept. God arranged that purposely so that Jesus could have a very lowly birth. A birth which was more humiliating than the Birth of any human being. God arranged this to indicate the World rejection of Christ. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him(John 1:11). He came to His own but His own did not have place for Him. Those whom He came to save have no room for Him. I can imagine Joseph running to the door of every inn knocking and saying, “Please can You give us a place in your Inn, for my wife is in Labour” and they replied Him, “Away with You!!, There is no room!!!” 2000 years later, do people have room in their heart for Christ? No!!!. Even till date, people’s heart are still closed to their Saviour. They have room for making money and to advance their own interests and pursue their own Goal and live for themselves but have No room for Christ.
All through the Life of Christ, there was a reproach upon Him, even before He was born. Mary was considered to be carrying an illegitimate Child, nobody knew who the Father was. He was born in a humiliating way, rejected in the synagogue, finally died on the Cross as a criminal. From Birth to death, it was a story of rejection and reproach. This was the first body of Christ!!! And the True body of Christ which is the Church today has to go exactly the same way. A way of misunderstanding, reproach, ridicule and rejection. Any Church that is accepted by the system of the world cannot be a True Church of Christ. For the Principles of God’s word is directly opposite to the principles of the World. Today, The Lord is still saying to the Church as He said to the Church at Laodicean saying, ” Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me(Revelation 3:20). Today the Lord is still going knocking on people’s heart Looking for a room to be Born, will you give Him a Room?
Dear friend, This is the God we serve!!! A God who is Almighty!!! A God who controls everything that happens just to fulfill what was written in His plans concerning our lives. If we submit to Him and seek to do His will, we will find Him making all things to work out for our good. If we open the door of our hearts to Him and give Him space, He will do wondrous things in our lives. Let us therefore be sensitive to His voice as He knocks on every doors in our Hearts and open to Him. For there are many rooms in our hearts that the Lord seeks to enter. The room of the books we read, the way we spend our money and time, the television programs we watch, and many other rooms like that. May the Lord give us the Grace to open to Him immediately He knocks(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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