“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Is. 7:14 NKJV)
…and they waited. Hundreds of years.
Then, the prophecies were fulfilled…
Secreted behind the veil of eternity, the Word existed, and in the fullness of time, God ripped that celestial veil from the heavenly top to the earthly bottom to fully reveal His Son.
As Mary prepared her heart to make room for her son, God prepared the heart of the earth to make room for His Son.
“And (Mary) brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7 KJV)
So, the Advent King came in straw-lined splendor. God incarnate threw off His robe of immortal royalty and dressed Himself in a tiny, pink suit of mortality, and from the birth-manger to the death-tomb, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14 NKJV)
This was Jesus. The Word of God. Immanuel. Wonderful. Counselor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father. Prince of Peace. A Name above every name.
That Name above every name has…
*shut the gates of hell
*turned away tornadoes
*given sight to the blind
*given hearing to the deaf
*opened the portals of heaven
*brought salvation to lost souls
*given the lame the ability to walk
*delivered those oppressed by demons
*saved the lives of those in car wrecks
*healed limbs, ears, eyes, and other diseases
*and even brought some back from death’s grip.
Dependence on that Name for every detail of life is essential.
What do you do with this Jesus, this Name above all names? Do you call on that Name? Do you totally depend on that Name? Do you live a lifestyle that upholds that Precious and Wonderful Name?
Maybe your soul is suffering this year. Maybe you have lost a loved one. Maybe divorce has ripped your family apart. Maybe your best friend has deserted you. Maybe your child is out of a job or has gotten into trouble. Maybe foreclosure is knocking at your door.
Or maybe you are one of the fortunate ones who isn’t suffering any dire circumstances right now. Maybe you are just rushed and busy.
But is there still no “room in the inn”? No room in your heart?
Christmas is the celebration of Christ’s birth. But in the hustle and bustle of the season’s preparations, we get bogged down with the preparations of the holiday. Yet, we make no preparations in our hearts for the true celebration of Christ’s presence with us.
Where does Jesus go to be cradled today? In the manger-hearts of believers. Do we make room for the Manger Babe to come and “lay down His sweet head”?
Have you anticipated His coming? Have you prepared your heart’s room for Him?
I pray that whatever is going on in your life, you will take time to bring honor to that precious Name. May you celebrate this season because of His Name.
“Joy to the world! The Lord is come…Let every heart prepare Him room.”