How Inviting is the Christmas Story

The children’s ministry of a church was putting on a Christmas play about the story of Mary and Joseph coming to the inn. One boy wanted so very much to be Joseph, but when the parts were handed out, another boy he didn’t like was given that part, and he was assigned to be the inn-keeper instead. He was pretty upset about this but didn’t say anything to the director.

During all the rehearsals he thought what he might do the night of the performance to get even with this rival who got to be Joseph. Finally, on the night of the performance, Mary and Joseph came walking across the stage. They knocked on the door of the inn, and the inn-keeper opened the door and asked them gruffly “What do you want?”

Joseph answered, “We’d like to have a room for the night.” Suddenly the inn-keeper threw the door open wide and said, “Great, come on in and I’ll give you the best room in the house!”

For a few seconds poor little Joseph didn’t know what to do. But thinking quickly on his feet, he looked inside the door past the inn-keeper and said, “No wife of mine is going to stay in dump like this. Come on, Mary, let’s go to the barn.” So once again the play was back on track!

I love that story but even more I love the story of Bethlehem. Everything about it is inviting… We are drawn to the manger scene as were the shepherds on that starry night. Our hearts are moved by the nativity as our minds grasp its meaning. God loved us enough to send His Son to rub shoulders with the likes of us. That same baby Jesus would grow up to be a man and then one day voluntarily go to the cross for us. Realizing all this—it is no wonder we are captivated by the story of the first Christmas. We feel joy as we gaze upon the Christ Child and ponder the love of God. This is truly the greatest story ever told!

Thoughts of the first Christmas move me to break into song with the
angels—

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14).

Christmas Blessings,
Pastor Ron

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