No room in the inn
Born in a stable
Laid in a manger
Asleep on the hay
A bright star above
Shepherds bow in praise
Who is this child
That is born this day
Birthplace of a King
Coming as a child
Oh glorious day
Mary knew a lot about the child she was carrying. I am sure it was very difficult to keep it all inside while she was pregnant. The angel told her it would be God’s child, conceived by the Holy Ghost. She was told He would be great, a king over the house of David forever. She was told He would be the Son of God. She knew the child she was carrying was someone very special. Even when the shepherds came, she held h=these things in her heart.
But she had no idea the impact of His life. She had no idea He would heal the sick, cause the blind to see, the lame to walk, the dumb to speak and the deaf to hear. She had no idea he would walk on water, calm the sea, raise the dead or heal the leper. She had no idea he would confound the wise, perplex the scholars and lash out at the religious leaders. She had no idea He would be condemned to death, crucified and raise again from the dead. She had no idea he would save all mankind from their sin.
The quiet town had been overrun by traveler’s because of the census that the governor had called for. Bethlehem had a population of around 300 in that day, but it more than tripled because of the census. Many came and stayed with family that still lived there. Many others had to find shelter in the inn, there being only one in town. If you did not get there early, you found yourself without a room.
Mary and Joseph had been traveling for days. Mary was 9 months pregnant and ready to deliver, but according to census rules she had to accompany her husband. They arrived much later than anyone else and the inn was full. The innkeeper saw that Mary was pregnant and did not want to turn her away, but had no choice. Out of compassion he told her she could stay in the stable where there was some warmth from the animals. during the night her child was born. he was no ordinary child, and the next morning marked an event the world would never forget.
What a night it was for those shepherds in the field. Personally, I love the sound of a choir. We went to the High School choral concert Monday night, and it was wonderful. They sang a lot of Christmas songs in various renditions. There was even some audience singing of Christmas carols. I’;m glad our school has not bowed to the politically correct crowd that says no Christmas at Christmas. I love singing those timeless hymns.
But that night must have been the most spectacular choral concert ever heard in earth. First, a solo performance with an Angel shining bright in the spotlight. The Angel appeared out of nowhere and frightened them at first. But then he cried out “Fer not! For behold I bring you good tidings of great joy. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,m which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger”. Then the sky lit up so bright they needed sunglasses in the middle of the night (Unfortunately, sunglasses were not available). A whole host of angels appeared, shining like the sun. The angle choir sang out “Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace and good will to man”. What a chorus! What a night!
We see a baby in a manger, wrapped in tattered clothes and sleeping in the hay. We see Mary and Joseph leaning over Him, remembering the words the angels said to them about the child and in awe of what is happening. We see the shepherds come to worship Him and tell Mary what they have seen. Mary holds these things in her heart. We see the bright star up above, showing the way for the Kings to come from the west. We see this with our eyes.
But this is more than just a child Love was born this day in Bethlehem. Love like this world had never seen. For God so loved this world that He sent His only Son. he sent His son, the Lord of Lords, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, The Word incarnate. His Son, who had created all things because he was the word that went forth. His Son, full oif all humility and meekness, to preach a love that transcended what man knew. A love for God and a love for one another. A love that would go through anything to save one. A love that we can now share because He came that morning in a manger bed. The world would never be the same.
He came to a people that were waiting the Messiah and did not recognize Him when he came. They expected a King to ride ion as a conqueror. They expected Him to free them from Roman Tyranny. They expected Him to be bold and strong, taking on the empire and winning every battle. Instead, he came with all meekness and humility, preaching love and compassion. Then He was crucified before their eyes. He died not having fulfilled anything they thought He would, yet He fulfilled every Scripture written about Him.
Now we await His return. This time he will come as a conquering King. he will come riding on a white horse, with a sword in His hands and fire in His eyes. He will bring a swarm of angels with Him. He will have victory over all His enemies. But before that, he will come in the clouds, just as He left, and take all believers home to be with Him. All those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ will be called up to Him. Will you be ready?
He was a simple man. A carpenter by trade, he worked with his hands and was well known in the community. He regularly attended the synagogue but was not overly religious. he believed and followed the Jewish customs of the day as any good Jew would. He made a good living and knew that he would be able to support a family one day. he was promised in marriage to young girl named Mary. he could not wait for the wedding to take place.
But then he found out Mary was pregnant. He was indignant. He had every right to pout her away and have her family punished for allowing such a thing. She should be stoned according to Jewish law. This was fornication! He was also puzzled. She was such a good Jewish girl. How could she have done such a thing.
But then one night an angel appeared to Joseph. Joseph was taken aback but the angel told him not to be afraid. Then he said that Joseph should not put Mary away. She had not committed fornication. Her child was God’s Holy child. He would save the people from their sin! The angel even told Joseph what to name the child – Jesus! The Hebrew word is Yeshua, which means to deliver or rescue. Joseph believed the angel, and we are thankful to this day that he did.