“We dwell in Him.”
1 John 4:13
Do you want a home for your soul? Do you ask, “What is the price?” It is something less than a proud human nature will like to give. It is without money and without price. Ah! you would like to pay a respectable rent! You probably would love to do something to win Christ? Then you cannot have the home, for this home is “without price.” Will you take my Master’s home on a lease for all eternity, with nothing to pay for it, nothing but the price of loving and serving Him for ever? Will you take Jesus and “dwell in Him?” See, this home is furnished with all you want, it is filled with riches more than you will spend as long as you live. Here you can have intimate communion with Christ and feast on His love; here are tables well-stored with food for you to live on for ever; in it, when weary, you can find rest with Jesus; and from it you can look out and see heaven itself. Will you have the home? I f you are homeless, you will say, “I should like to have the home; but may I have it?” Yes; there is the key—the key is, “Come to Jesus.” “But,” you say, “I am too shabby for such a house.” Never mind; there are garments inside. If you feel guilty and condemned, come; and though the home is too good for you, Christ will make you good enough for the home along the way. He will wash you and cleanse you, and you will yet be able to sing, “We dwell in Him.” Believer: you are happy to have such a dwelling-place! Greatly privileged you are: for thou hast a “strong habitation” in which you are ever safe. And “dwelling in Him,” thou hast not only a perfect and secure house, but an everlasting one. When this world shall have melted like a dream, our house shall live, and stand more imperishable than marble, more solid than granite, self-existent as God, for it is God Himself—”We dwell in Him.”
NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she 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.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring 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.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
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 2:1-14 KJV)
Imagine having to walk to the town in which you were born. Joseph walked to Bethlehem after Caesar Augustus ordered all men to pay taxes. While Mary being with child and nearly ready to deliver her baby rode a donkey back the Bethlehem. The men were to go back to their home town, and be counted and pay the government.
What is a MANGER? A manger is a feeding trough for animals. Certainly it
is a filthy place where animals eat. Imagine a mother laying her newborn baby in a feeding trough, or a manger which is the same thing. Well, Mary the mother of Jesus did just that. Mary and Joseph were very poor. In Bible times, and some places today it is considered a great honor to house strangers. Later when travel became more common, towns would have small accommodations and even smaller for their animals. One person would be appointed the Inn Keeper. It was just this way when Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem on that starry night.
One reason Christ Jesus was laid in a manger was in Isaiah 53 the Bible says,
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:3, 4 KJV)
Jesus left His splendor of heaven to be born in a world that did not want Him. He was despised, rejected, and he knew what grief was. Christ was born on purpose in a world that did not want Him only to die on a cruel cross to save His people from their sins.( Matt 1:21) But this little manger was His royal cradle. Jesus Christ was born the King. Yet He never owned a home, and never had a place to lay his head. If Jesus was born rich, and given a throne in the town, instead of being lain in a manger, we would tremble at the thought of coming to Christ. But this lowly manger invites us ALL poor and rich. The manger shows that coming to Christ is indeed free. The Gospels shouts from the manger that all can come to Christ rich or poor, and most importantly those who sin. Furthermore, we have all sinned. (Romans 3:23) Therefore we can all come to Christ without feeling as if we should change first. Christ will change you after you come to Him.
None of the shops in the Bethlehem had room for Jesus. In this country there is no room for Jesus in the public schools. During Jesus’ life there was no room for Him in the synagogues, or the Temple, and today there is no room for Him in the very churches that “worship” him. In fact in these places is where he found most of his enemies. Today, there is no room for him in the department stores. Many stores refuse to say Merry Christmas. Instead they say, happy holidays, or call it a holiday tree, or the children are on winter break and not Christmas break. Jesus is used to being pushed out of this world. It is because He is not of this world.
There is a lot of talk about TOLERANT. The definition of tolerant is the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with. There is toleration to everything, except Christ. If you feel and believe your Christianity should be spread; there is no room for Him in the public. However many are very tolerant of all other forms of religion and beliefs but we dare not speak the name of Jesus or quote the Bible. It is frowned upon when a Christian tries to spread their beliefs, however if people of different lifestyles want to spread their agenda in our schools, and communities that we have to tolerate that junk. Yet Christians are not allowed to do that at all. There is no room for Him in the public at all.
In this world we can talk about teachers, preachers, ministers or anything connected to the church. But we are NEVER allowed to utter the name of JESUS. We cannot talk about God or the Godhead because there is no room for Him in this world.
In the workplace we have room for cussing, alcohol, drugs, nasty jokes and pornography, lewd conversations but no room for Christ. The Bibles says, ” to come out from among them and be separate and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you unto myself, and be a Father unto you and ye shall be my sons and daughters.” That is what Christ says to us all. That means that Christians are to be different. We are to be looked as being peculiar. Because we are separate we are not like this world. Some believe that Christianity is a bunch of rules. Ye shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall set you free. Jesus is the TRUTH. No room for Him in their lives.
Do you have room for Christ? Today is the accepted time, today is the day of salvation. “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear my voice and let me in I will come in to him and will sup with him and he with me Rev. 3:20.” We all need to cleanse the manger of our hearts, and change it to God’s Throne, and let Him reign forever Lord of our lives. Do you have room for Christ in your heart?