Jesus came to get nasty

When Jesus was born, according to Luke 2:7, Mary (his mother) “brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

In Bible times, people used to keep their animals inside their homes at night. The room where the animals were kept was the nasty, “stanky” room – the one that stunk up the whole joint!

Jesus’ birth coincided with a census, and because Joseph was a direct descendant of King David, they had to travel from Nazareth to the city of David – Bethlehem. The census caused many to travel, so all the rooms at the inn were taken, causing Jesus to (presumably) be born in the nastiest, “stankiest” room in the house – the one where the animals slept, where the manger was.

Jesus was one with the Father (see John 17:20-21), meaning that he had access to the fullness of his power and authority, yet he chose to be born in the grossest room available.

Could it be that God was making a statement with His choice of birthplace for Jesus – the world’s Savior? Perhaps Jesus was saying, “I’ve come to deal with your sin, the worst, smelliest, messiest, part of your life.” Will you let Him deal with the nastiness in your life, or will you continue to let it stink up the rest of your life?