And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 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. – Luke 2:4-7
When Jesus was born, there was not enough room for him. It seems like they could have managed to make room for a very pregnant woman somewhere in the inn, but apparently not. Maybe it was because of the suspicious circumstances surrounding the pregnancy – Mary had not been married when Jesus was conceived. Maybe there was a strict first-come-first-served policy. Maybe there were really important people in the inn. Maybe Joseph and Mary insisted that they were fine not being in the inn. Whatever the reason, Jesus was placed in a manger when he was born because the world didn’t have enough room for him.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going. – John 14:1-4
Apparently Jesus holds no grudges about this, because he promises his disciples that he has enough room for them. In fact, he’s going to prepare that space to make sure it’s ready for them. There are enough rooms in his Father’s house for anyone who believes in him and in God. He will even come back and bring those people when the rooms are prepared.
That’s pretty special.