And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)
ON APRIL 12, 1976, Ronald Wayne, one of the three cofounders of Apple Computers, sold his 10 percent stake in the enterprise for eight hundred dollars. He couldn’t see the future potential of the home computer; he wanted to build slot machines instead. Today those shares would be worth about sixty billion dollars.
Many of us miss Christmas—not the day but the fact that God came to earth as a baby named Jesus.
One of the first people to miss Jesus was the innkeeper. Because Caesar Augustus called for a census and everyone had to return to their home city to be counted, Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem. By the time they arrived in Bethlehem, the inn was full. There was no room for them. If the innkeeper had known that the baby about to be born was the Son of God, he would have found room. But he missed the baby. He was so focused on running his business, making a living, and possibly saving for retirement, that he didn’t recognize the Savior of the world.
Are you too concerned with what the world has to offer—money, career, and success—that you don’t leave room for Jesus in your life? Don’t miss the fact that Jesus came to give you what money can’t buy.
This Christmas take time to find out who this Baby really is.
Jeff Hughes lives in Nebraska with his wife, Sarah, and their three kids. They spend their weekends outdoors hiking, camping, and skiing.