Have We Given the Innkeeper a Bad Rap?

Have We Given the Innkeeper a Bad Rap?

Based on the sentence, “there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7), there has been a great deal of speculation regarding the innkeeper’s role on the night of our dear Savior’s birth. A true understanding of who was in control of every single event leading to the Messiah’s birth reveals we have been unfair and a little hard on the innkeeper.

God, with His supreme power over the affairs of men, wove together every single detail, at the exact time in history, the birth of Christ.  Every single prophecy that God had previously shared through the prophets of old was precisely fulfilled. Now that is mind boggling.

First, assuming a conversation actually took place between Joseph and Mary with the innkeeper, we must understand the innkeeper had no idea who had knocked on his door. We know, and because we know, we cannot believe the innkeeper turned away the Lord of the universe. How could he not make room for the Savior of the World?

In the innkeepers place, we envision ourselves giving Joseph and Mary the best room! If necessary we would gladly have given our own room.

We must not forget that God, who orchestrated every single detail of Christ’s birth, could have created the most awe inspiring pomp and circumstance the world has ever known. He could have arranged for the Messiah to have the greatest room the world could offer. Jesus could have demanded the most luxurious accommodations available.

Instead He chose a stable. He chose the most humble and least desirable place to be born. He didn’t want the best room. He wanted the worst room. He chose a dirty and smelly stable. He grew up in a common home of a carpenter. He humbled Himself by leaving Heaven.  The whole point of His coming as the babe of Bethlehem is seen in that “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death (Phil. 2:8).

The Savior who came to cleanse hearts and provide forgiveness wants the darkest and most hidden rooms of our hearts.  When He knocks on the door of your heart He is not looking for the best room. He wants the rooms that you want to keep hidden. The room hiding a besetting sin. The room hiding pride and ego. The room hiding selfishness and lust. The room hiding anger, bitterness and lack of forgiveness. The room hiding unhealthy relationships. Those are the rooms He wants you to give Him this Christmas. a

Please take a moment to share this brief devotion with others. God bless you and Merry Christmas! 

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