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 (Luke 2:7).
It is sobering to dwell on the fact that there were no rooms available for Joseph and Mary as the birth of Emmanuel drew close. One might think that just one innkeeper would feel empathy for a woman in labor, ready to deliver. Yet the Lamb of God, the King of Glory was born in a stable. I have often thought about how applicable this happening is in lives of men today. People go about life, consumed in themselves, their families, pursuit of goals, pleasures and riches. Is there any time, any room in their lives, in their hearts for Christ. One of the hymns in my heart is Have You Any Room for Jesus. I can’t listen to this song without thinking about the circumstances of Christ’s birth and at the same time considering if I have room in my heart for Christ.
People consumed in their lusts and sin often push the call of the Savior away, asking Him to come back another day. We have an example in Acts 24, verses 24 and 25: And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. Felix was interested but he just did not have room for Christ at that time. We are not told if Felix ever had another opportunity but we know this, that now is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2). How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation (Heb 2:3a)? If you are not a Christian, would you make room for Christ today, right now? That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (Rom 10:9).
Yet even we Christians, washed in the blood of Christ, can get so busy that we push Christ out. How many days pass that we do not read the Bible, pray? How often do we go to church, yet fail to worship Christ? Christ will never force Himself in your live, my life but He is there, if we only make room. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me (Rev 3:20).
The lyrics of Have You Any Room for Jesus were penned by an anonymous author but adapted by Daniel Webster Whittle in 1878. The music was written by C. C. Williams sometime thereafter.
Have you any room for Jesus
He who bore your load of sin?
As He knocks and asks admission,
Sinner, will you let Him in?
Room for Jesus, King of Glory!
Hasten now, His word obey!
Swing the heart’s door widely open!
Bid Him enter while you may.
Room for pleasure, room for
But for Christ, the crucified,
Not a place that He can enter,
In the heart for which he died!
Room and time now give to Jesus;
Soon will pass God’s day of grace
Soon thy heart be cold and silent,
And thy Savior’s pleadings cease.
Bible source: King James Version of the Holy Bible