The knock came at the door of the inn. It was late. We can imagine the innkeeper had been burning both ends of the candle. The census crowd had packed Bethlehem and he had finally locked the doors for the night.
Until the knock. He shuffled his feet through the dark and made his way to the door. Opening it, he peered out to see a young couple. Looking more closely he saw a young woman who was about to give birth to a child.
Rooms were full. It was late. And they didn’t look very special. He had to decide whether he would find room for them or not.
John writes about beginnings. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” - John 1:1-5
John writes about God’s very presence dwelling among us. And he writes to tell us that we have the same decision to make as the innkeeper. Will we find a place for Jesus in our lives or will we send Him away?
Some send Him away because He looks too plain. Nothing special about Him. Don’t make that mistake. He comes to common places like your home and common places like your heart.
Some send Him away because life is crowded. Many demands and many deadlines. And you’re not sure if you have room for Him. But He only comes to give you what He has already done. He desires to give you forgiveness.
And some send Him away because they think it’s too late. They’ve already done too much that can’t be forgiven. They’ve already gone too far away.
But it’s never too late. Not with the one who comes and makes His dwelling among us. You need only to open the door.
See you on Sunday!
Pastor Tim Asbill Jr.