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Pastor Tim Swigarts Blog

Missio Dei is a Contemporary Baptist Church located in historic Galena IL. Senior Pastor Tim Swigart shares his thoughts on numerous topics concerning the church.

No Place in the Inn

Timothy Swigart

I've had a lot of time to reflect during this Christmas season. I've been reading the Christmas story in Luke these past few weeks. The verse that has captivated my mind these past few days, in particular, is Luke 2:7. It reads, "And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn."

Out of all the places on planet earth to be born, Jesus was born in a stable and placed in an animal feeding trough to sleep. Why was he born in the stable? Because there was no room for Him in the inn. All the best places in town were completely full. Only a lowly stable could be found to shelter the young family.

Jesus began his infancy as an outcast. You can't have a more humble beginning. As Jesus grew and became a man, we see that He often associated with the outcasts of the community. We was described as a "friend of sinners." This title was given to Him by those in important positions, who would never dream of spending their valuable time with the hurting and hopeless in their midst. Yet, Jesus never forgot His humble beginnings. He always took time for those the world had rejected..

I am so thankful this Christmas season, that Jesus came as one who can relate to the hurting in our community. Though Jesus is the King of all creation, He calls the humble "friend." If you're hurting this Christmas season, try turning to Jesus. He cares for you. If you'd like help doing that, contact me through the contact page and we'll talk about it. I'm here for you.

Merry Christmas!