Saturday, November 27, 2010

Do You Have Room for Jesus?

When Jesus came to earth, there was no room for Him in most people's lives:
  • The people of Bethlehem: 2:7) "And [Mary] gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn" (Luke 2:7).
  • Herod: "When King Herod heard this he was disturbed" (Matthew 2:3). "Herod is going to search for the child to kill him" (v. 13).
  • The religious leaders: "When [Herod] had called all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 'In Bethlehem in Judea,' they replied" (Matthew 2:4-5). Bethlehem was only a short distance from Jerusalem. Why didn't they go?
  • The people of Nazareth: "They said, 'Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, "I came down from heaven"?'" (John 6:42).
  • The people of Jerusalem: "'Which of the two do you want me to release to you?' asked the governor. 'Barabbas,' they answered. 'What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?' Pilate asked. They all answered, 'Crucify him!' 'Why? What crime has he committed?' asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, 'Crucify him!'" (Matthew 27:21-23).
Why do people today not have any room in their lives for Jesus? Some people (like Herod) are actively opposed to Jesus. Some people (like the people of Nazareth) don’t really understand who Jesus is. Some people (like the people of Bethlehem) are preoccupied with other things they think are more important.

If it is true, as the Bible says, that salvation is found only through faith in Jesus, then we must make room for Him in our lives.