Over the years it is easy to clearly define the Christmas story. The characters and issues seem clear cut.
Herod was a villain, the wise men were heroes, as too the shepherds. What about the innkeeper? He has to be one of the heavies in the story. He is easily pictured as a tired, grumpy fellow with his head stuck out the upper bedroom window shouting, “Take the stable if you have to!”. Preachers have had a field day with the poor bloke.
But was it his fault that Caesar Augustus should call a polling tax for the entire world?
Was it his fault that the Inn was only built with twelve rooms and not thirteen?
Was it his fault that Mary and Joseph should arrive so late?
Luke writes simply, ‘There was no room in the Inn for them’, and seems to take that theme right through his Gospel.
There was no room for Jesus in His own town.
There was no room for Jesus amongst the religious of the day.
There was no room for Jesus in the economic world.
There was no room for Jesus in the legal world.
There was no room for Jesus in the world of politics.
Look at us today… …. you and me. Do we have room for Jesus in every part of our daily lives? Or are we too, just happy to know the Christmas story we have come to settle for?