“There was no room for them in the inn”
( Luke 2:7)
In an age when there were no telephones, emails or ordinary mail services Joseph and Mary took their chances with accommodation. And, when they reached their destination of Bethlehem, they found that all the available places had already been taken. There was nothing suitable to be had for a heavily pregnant mother bearing the Son of God and Saviour of the world.
Right from the beginning both Mary and Joseph learned that a close association with the Lord might have many blessings and privileges – but comfort was not necessarily one of them. They had suffered both social and emotional pain and now were met with not only physical discomfort but what might have felt like rejection and a lack of understanding from God.
Jesus confirmed this during His ministry when He told a would-be follower,
“Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests,
but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
John the Baptist’s role was ‘to prepare the way for the Lord’ amongst the people to whom He would come. Jesus role was to seek out and save the lost. It was only as He prepared to return to the Father that He spoke of preparing a place for us. Until we reach that place we are on a journey with the Lord – it will not be all ease and comfort.
Do I look to God for comfort or companionship?
We ‘prepare the way for the Lord’ whilst He ‘prepares a place’ for us with the Father.
Lord God, please help me to keep my eyes and attention on You and not on my own comforts and pleasures. Amen.