As we sit in the warmth of our homes, anticipating Christmas Day, we must turn our thoughts to Bethlehem and to the most important event in man’s history.
This Christmas season as in those gone by, we can remember our door bell ringing, in the frosty evening as we open our doors to welcomed visitors, whoever they might be.
At that moment, our thoughts go back in history to that all-important ‘knock’ when Joseph rapped on the innkeeper’s door in Bethlehem.
What kind of reception did they receive? As you know, they were turned away for there was no room for them at the inn. Perhaps, the innkeeper did not want a pregnant woman taking up room at a time when he was guaranteed full occupancy, with all the people arriving for the census.
So, Joseph and Mary were turned away, but were reluctantly offered the use of a stable with the cattle and sheep. So, the greatest event in the history of mankind, the birth of the Son of God, took place in the lowest of dwellings, a stable.
Since that glorious event, Christ continues to ‘knock’ on the doors of the hearts of mankind, hoping that this time we will welcome Him in with open hearts.
Today, as in the past, we find a variety of answers for that ‘knock.’ Some will welcome Him with open arms, but, regretfully, we will see many turning a deaf ear. If it is inconvenient, they will dismiss it, just as the innkeeper of Bethlehem dismissed the King of Kings, some 2000 years ago.
Our prayers this year are that each and every one of you might hear and understand the importance of that ‘knock’ and the message it carries – that you hear and receive it, opening the door of your hearts to Him.
And, after receiving it and allowing Him in, it is of utmost importance that we graciously spread the good news and glad tidings to everyone with whom we come in contact.
To each and every one of you, open your hearts to Him and make this a blessed Christmas.
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!