A Lesson From Jesus’ Innkeeper

The innkeeper is a much overlooked part of the nativity story, but one that holds an eternal truth. Imagine this person was you. Business is booming with the royal decree for everyone to return to the town of their birth to take part in the census. You have people crammed in every room, including the lobby. Blankets are all over the floor as displaced travellers are trying to get as much sleep as possible given the circumstances.

All of the sudden, just as you’re about to head off to bed, a knock comes at the front door. Knowing what the person on the other side is going to ask, you prepare yourself for a short, abrupt “NO VACANCY” remark. As you crack the door and peek out, to your suprise, you see a young woman who is very pregnant. The desparation on their face tell their story in a way that words never could. You can tell they’re tired and nervous as the young lady appears to be in labor.

You try to explain that all your “paying customers” have taken up every possible place in the inn. Realizing the need for warmth, you say “How about the barn? It’s not much, but it’s all I have to offer.”

God was able to take the little of what the innkeeper had, and turn it into the most miraculous thing to ever physically happen on the Earth. It wasn’t much, but it was enough. You and I may not have much to offer the King of Kings, but its enough. He’ll take it and perform the miraculous!

What can you offer him today?

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About Chris Stevens

I'm an Elementary Principal, husband, father of three, and an imperfect follower of Christ. I have eight years experience at the Jr-Sr High level and 14 years experience speaking at various churches.
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4 Responses to A Lesson From Jesus’ Innkeeper

  1. Awesome observation, buddy.
    -J

    • stevensc says:

      Thanks…God bless you in your upcoming marriage!

      • Seli says:

        Dec23Debbie He jokingly noted that for cetirunes we’ve been beating up on a poor Innkeeper without good reason : ) Ok, no more beating up on a poor innkeeper, now we can beat up on the family that would let a young pregnant woman stay with animals, much less let her give birth in a lower chamber with the animals. What kind of family does that? Oh, ok, it was Joseph’s family, probably still angry because she was pregnant before marriage, so stick her with the animals .yeah, ok.John, if you don’t mind, I think I’d rather believe that the innkeeper, who was a total stranger, gave them the stable, inaccurate as it may be. And yes, Praise Him and Merry Christmas.VA:F [1.9.13_1145](from 0 votes)

  2. Jason Underhill says:

    Very interesting.

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