While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Today's Reading: Luke 2:6-7
Devo Author: Brian Pope
Date: December 19, 2021
It is amazing to see the first situation our Lord and Savior encountered was that “there was no place for them…” The irony of it is striking when you consider the overall mission and purpose of Jesus–that through His perfect life and sacrifice He makes a place for us in the family of God.
Consider the self-righteous Pharisee who meets Jesus in the dark to hear the message that no amount of good deeds will create a place for him in the family of God, but rather belief in who Jesus is and what He has done. There is a place for you.
Consider the woman at the well who hears a message that no amount of brokenness and sin is greater than the grace Jesus has to offer. There is a place for you.
Consider the leper, the cripple, the blind, the mute, all who lived in a culture that said their sins or the sins of their fathers were the cause of their conditions–a culture that says “they deserve what they got.” Jesus says, “There is a place for you.”
Consider the Syrophoenician woman who is not of the Jewish race. As the disciples wanted to shut her up and send her away, Jesus lifted her up as an example that it is faith–not race, skin color, or family tree–that says, “There is a place for you.”
Consider the table of sinners and societal outcasts who Jesus would often dine with. There is a place for you.
Consider the criminal on the cross, there is a place for you.
Consider the disciple who said he would never deny but did, there is a place for you.
Jesus’ life began in a place for people who had no other place. The moment His life ended, the veil in the temple was torn in two. An invitation from the Father, that through belief in the life and sacrifice of Jesus, there is a place for you.