And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)
When you’re traveling late at night without reservations, nothing’s more discouraging than finding only “No Vacancy” signs.
Jesus knew what it was like to have no vacancy in the inn. Human logic says the King of kings should have been born in a palace, surrounded by luxury. Instead, the only door open to the humble Savior was a dirty stable. Amazingly, and revealingly, this was all by God’s design.
Why is this good news for us? Because the Savior offered Himself on our behalf, we won’t find “No Vacancy” signs in Heaven. If we’ve made our reservations by accepting God’s gift in Christ, then Heaven is wide open with plenty of room for all of us.
“By his own descent to the earth he has prepared our ascent to heaven.” —John Calvin
For more reflections on our Savior, see Randy's books Face to Face with Jesus and It's All About Jesus.
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Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.