Day 22 – Is there room?
Reading – After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. Matthew 2: 1-4
Have you ever seen a film called ‘Saving Mr Banks’? I hadn’t until earlier today. The film stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and tells the story of how Mary Poppins came to appear on the big screen. To keep a long-standing promise to his children Walt Disney was extremely keen to make the film however he quickly discovers that P.L Travers, the original author, is equally keen to keep Mary Poppins in the pages of her book. In one attempt to convince her of his good intentions, Walt Disney takes P.L Travers to Disneyland and this got me thinking.
Imagine if Walt Disney had queued up with everyone else as the gates opened only to be told, by some unwitting member of staff, that there was no room for him in the park that he himself had created. Sound ridiculous? Well this is the scene we remember at Christmas time.
There was no room for Jesus at any of the Inn’s in Bethlehem. The Innkeeper probably had no idea who he was rejecting and Mary and Joseph were probably one of a number of families to be turned away that night but the fact remains, there was no room for Jesus in the world that he himself had created. Furthermore, in today’s reading we meet another man who had no room for Jesus. As far as Herod was concerned there was only room for one King in Judea and it certainly wasn’t going to be Jesus.
The question I want to ask you is very simple – how does Christmas find you this year? Is there room in your life for Jesus?
Joy to the world! The Lord is come. Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room.
Challenge – Think about your life. In what ways are you like King Herod? Do you want to keep control of your life or is there room for another King? How would your life be different if you submitted to King Jesus?
Prayer – God, I confess that I often try to hold on to my life. I wrestle control from you and find it difficult to trust and follow you. Thank you for sending Jesus into the world as a baby, for his life and example as a man and for his death on the cross for me. Help me to pledge my allegiance to King Jesus, to serve and follow Him. Amen.
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