While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
– Luke 2:6-7 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
It seems antithetical to our view of God’s provision that there was no room at the inn, yet we don’t see the entire picture. God entered the world in one of the lowliest symbols to a farming culture, a feeding trough. In addition Galilee is regarded as the lowest elevation point on the Earth. God chose the lowest point on the earth; He came in the lowliest fashion in order to reach the poorest groups of people in Israel. From that point on, God exalted Jesus Christ so that He could relate to every socio-economic, educational, and political class in humanity. The hardship of the inn was God’s love displayed to all of mankind.