A stable is normally a dirty place. Animal droppings, potentially disease-carrying mice, dust, dirt, and germs associated with a stable make it less than sanitary. Yet, it was such a place where the Heavenly Father cradled His only begotten Son in a manger. The One to be called the Mighty God was born in a stable. Scripture says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). The birthplace of the Savior was a lowly manger. “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7).
A comforting thought came to me this Christmas season. Because of my sin, my heart was a dirty place. It was not a fit place for God’s son. But, then I thought if God chose a stable for His son’s point of entry into this world, perhaps my heart also might a place that could welcome Him. I wondered, “Is it not possible that the presence of Jesus made the stable a clean and acceptable place?” Yes! He can “make the foulest clean”. Because of this truth, I believe His presence can make even my sin-soiled heart clean. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
A Christmas Prayer: Lord may my heart be as clean as the stable where Jesus was born.
~ Brother Roy