Letter: Still seeking room for Jesus (Dec. 7, 2022)

Editor:

There have been times when traveling that all places seem to be full. Perhaps even Motel 6 did not leave the light on.

But we are not alone; Jesus personally faced this and it began long ago.

Temporarily, there was no room for Him in Heaven: “Although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant.” (Philippians 2:5-7)

No room in Bethlehem: “There was no room for them at the inn” (Luke 2:7), speaking of Mary and Joseph, Jesus’ mother and earthly father.

Caesar Augustus had his own agenda when he ordered a census taken of his empire. But God also had a purpose in it too, infinitely higher. For God to bring about His perfect, specific timing and predictions about the coming Messiah,

He authored circumstances involving the empire’s government, which forced the known world to travel to their tribal birthplaces. It had to be.

No room for Jesus in His hometown: “And all in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; and they rose up and cast Him out of the city and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, to throw Him down the cliff” (Luke 4:28-29), after Jesus predicted that they would not accept Him for who He was. (He walked away from them).

No room for Him in the temple: “But if I do them (the works of the Father) though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” (John 10:38-39)

No room for Him in Jerusalem: “And Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again, but they kept calling out, saying, ‘Crucify, Crucify Him!’” (Luke 23: 20-21) The people gave the revolutionary named Barabbas the opportunity to be in their midst, but not Jesus.

No room for Him in the cemetery: A man named Joseph “went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain.” (Luke 23:51-54)

No room for Him among the dead: “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen…” (Luke 24:4-6), an angel told Jesus’ followers, who were seeking his body.

No room for Him in the heart: Jesus said to a rich young ruler, who wanted to make sure he was right with God, “If you wish to be complete, go (and) sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven, and come, follow me. But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieved; for he was one who owned much property.” (Matt 19:21-22)

Much has changed, but today there is still no time or room in this world for Jesus, unless you bow your knee.

In much of the U.S. today there is little room for the Bible, prayer in the classroom, in the courtroom, or in the halls of Congress, or even many households.

During this holiday season, which is all about Jesus, make time and room in your heart for Jesus who is the life and light of the world, “peace, good will among men (Luke 2:14).”

Pete Ready

Albany

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