Down through the ages there have been numerous people that had in their possession some article and did not know its worth. Often an antique is passed down from one generation to another and no one bothers to take time to discover its value.
Joseph and Mary were just like any other couple; Mary was pregnant and about to give birth to her firstborn. Joseph did what he could to provide and care for Mary as they were required to travel from Galilee to Bethlehem because Caesar Augustus wanted everyone registered for a census. With so many traveling to fulfill the requirement, accommodations were scarce and a young pregnant woman was not given any special consideration. In these conditions, Mary “gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a mange, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:1-7).
As we noted before, there were very few who knew and believed the prophecies about the Son of God. In one sense, we can’t blame the inn keeper for his ignorance. In another sense, the whole nation of Israel should have been expecting their Messiah to appear on the scene at any time. Why were they not ready? The prophetic record was clear.
The same reason that Israel in general was not waiting and ready for Christ’s appearing is the same reason He is not given the rightful place that belongs to Him today. It’s not the fault of the world He is not received. When the Church makes room for the Author of Life (Acts 3:15) and gives Him the place that is His, the world will take note. Have we confined our attention to the Savior for self-centered celebrations at Christmas? Is He just worth our attention during church services on Sunday, or is His person and glory all consuming?? If we make room for Him, He will fill it!!
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