This Year, Make Room! - Final Edition for 2017

 

 

(Final Edition for 2017) 

How telling those simple words in the Gospel of Luke: "For there was no room in the inn."  Lk 2:7  In fact, how utterly prophetic of our world today! To this very day, people still won't make room! 

Did you know that Isaiah predicted it, by the way? Incredibly, some 700 years before the event, the prophet Isaiah predicted that livestock would make room for Him before we ever did!

"Hear O heavens," saith the Lord, "I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows his Master and the donkey knows his Master's manger, but Israel does not know me, and my people do not understand." Isaiah 1: 13 
Can you imagine what the host of angels must have thought when they finally learned of the plan for His coming? He would be born in a manger—translate 'feeding trough' by the way! Certainly, they wanted to question it all! 

Wait a minute, Lord! You're not going down to that kind of reception, are you? 

"I'm goin'." 

With that kind of welcome? They won't even put you up for the night! You will literally be 'born in a barn'! 

That manger will be the easy part. There's a cross after that.

Wow! What a testimony to the Love of Christ for us! Listen, dear ones: the real message of Christmas is that Christ came anyway!  In spite of hardened hearts; in spite of our poor reception.  He came because He loved us! And even now, He offers you the gift of His salvation! 
All that is required of you is to be as enlightened as "livestock" and "make room" for Him! Quite a thought isn't it? 

Here's how you can do it. Here's how to make room this year, if you've not done so yet. 

1. Set aside the pretty fictions of Christmas and spend some time digesting the facts! The Epistle to the Galatians tells us what those facts are: "When the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons." Gal. 4:4-5 (NIV)

2. Stop waiting to "deserve" what God has already given you at Christmas. Yes, because you'll be waiting forever. We read in the Book of Psalms: "He does not treat us as our sins deserve, or repay us according to our iniquities."  Psalm 103:10

3. Recognize that a 'savior' was not born on your birthday, but on His! "No man can redeem the life of another. The ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough."  Ps 49:7 You and I cannot save ourselves in the slightest. If somehow we could, would Christ have come to endure what He did?

4. Take the Christmas Gift! God gave you something infinitely precious that first Christmas day. Your job now is simply to take it: acknowledge your need for a Savior, confess your sins; lay hold of God's forgiveness, surrender your life, your loyalty, your heart to Him and follow Him all the rest of your days.

That's what it means to 'make room' for Him! 

There is a famous sundial on the campus at Oxford University. I have read that it's one of the biggest ever made and it is very, very old—been there for two-and-a-half centuries already. 

The remarkable thing about this sundial are the words inscribed upon the pointer: Pareunt et imputantur it reads in ancient Latin—"They perish and are charged to our account."    

It's talking about the 'hours', dear ones! the hours of our lives! 

How many have you had so far? How many Christmases have come and gone? And all of them charged to your account!  It's time to go against the grain dear ones; to swim against the tide of this sad and lost generation around us. This year, "make room"! 

Merry Christmas!                    RAS

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