“ . . . I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
Luke 2 is often referred to as “The Christmas Story.” It gives a beautiful account of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s note a few important truths from this chapter.
First, we read of a decree from Caesar Augustus. Surely that proud king back in Rome thought he was directing the empire. However, some 700 years before this, God had foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. God used Caesar to see that Joseph and Mary were directed to Bethlehem so that the prophecy would be unbroken and thus fulfilled.
Second, we find that there was no room for the Lord Jesus in the inn, however, He came to make room for us in Heaven. Through His birth, sinless life, and substitutionary death on the cross, Jesus Christ became the Door by which we as sinners can enter Heaven. Since there was no earthly welcoming fanfare for the Lord Jesus when He came, God sent one from Heaven: “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men (Luke 2:13-14).
The angel of the Lord did not appear to Caesar in Rome, nor to Herod in Jerusalem. Rather, He came to lowly shepherds out in the field, faithfully watching their flocks. This foreshadowed the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus - a ministry that has never been readily or greatly received by the mighty and the noble. It was the common people who heard Him gladly (Mark 12:37), and it has always been so. The common people, folks like shepherds, were and are the ones who will hear Him and receive His message.
These shepherds believed and immediately wanted to tell someone else the good news that they had received. Though the inn had no room for Jesus, these shepherds had room for Him in their lives. Many people today have lives that are so filled with other things that they have not made room for Him in salvation. Make room for Him today. You will be eternally grateful if you do.