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)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible

It seems antithetical to our view of God’s provision that there was no room at the inn, yet we need to see the big 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. So God came in humble fashion in order to relate to the poorest groups of people in Israel. From that point on, Jesus Christ related to every socio-economic, educational, and political class of that time. The hardship of the inn set the stage for God’s love to all mankind.

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