Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Beth-lehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace,
Good will toward men.
In December of 1903, the Wright Brothers sent a message to their sister Catherine in Dayton, Ohio: “Flew today 120 feet. Will be home for Christmas.” She rushed the telegraph to the newspaper which printed the following headline: “Wright Brothers Will Be Home For Christmas.” The writer missed the main point of the message.
There is a far more important message than the message the two brothers sent to their sister back in 1903. This message goes back over 2,000 years. It is the good tidings of great joy the Advent Angel brought to the shepherds of Bethlehem and to all the people in the word about the birth of a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
There was no room for Him in the inn. Is there room in your heart for Him? Don’t miss Christmas!
*Drawing upon a sermon from Dr. Robert Lehn (12/10)