“She gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in clothes and laid him in the manger, because there was no room for them in the inn”  Luke 2:7

This is the birth of God’s great plan, a savior born … God now clothed in flesh and on the scene of humanity.  The redeemer was here!  When the time came for Mary to deliver, she and Joseph were in Bethlehem because of the census going on at the time.  It was crowded and there were no rooms available (Motel 6 had even turned the light off).  So we find the savior of all humanity born in a stable and laid in a feeding trough.

Was God caught off guard by the circumstances?  Did this birth sneak up on Him and He forgot to make better arrangements?  Well we know God is not surprised or ill-prepared for anything, there was a reason for Jesus to be born in this manner.  God is never limited by the surroundings of life, the Spirit will always carry out the Lord’s intention.  A King in a stable … what a start for redemption.

As I shared some of these thoughts with our local fellowship a few weeks back it led into our communion celebration.  As Val Rodriguez, a minister in our fellowship, came up to share and lead us in communion he said, “Isn’t it just like God to put a king in one of the last places you would look?”  That stable was such an unlikely place for a king.

Val went on to share how God did it again … He put a king in us!  Christ in you!  We would seem to be such an unlikely place for a king to dwell.  From the outside we may not look too much better than that stable, but it’s not the outside that defines us.

On the inside … in the spirit … that’s where that baby in the manger grew up and through His redemptive work as a savior in His death and resurrection changed everything.  His blood cleansed us from sin and made us an acceptable place for the King to dwell.  Wow!  What a reality to think about – what a reality to live!

Our life is secure, our life is “stable” if I may say it that way.  Not because of anything going on around us and not even because of us, but because of the one who has been born in our hearts – Jesus!  This isn’t just a seasonal religious mantra to ponder and then pack away at the end of the month, it is the ever unfolding truth of Christ in us.  And God is not caught off guard nor limited by the situations surrounding us, as always the King reigns over all else – and that is good news!

God’s children don’t need to look anywhere else, our life is Christ and He lives within us by the Holy Spirit.  For all those that believe and receive so great a salvation a savior is enthroned in our heart … an unlikely place for a king!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas,