One of the biggest events of the year was held in a little known town – it was The Annual Christmas Pageant, starring many of the people of the town. When it came time for casting the various parts, every parent, naturally, was pushing their son or daughter to be included. On audition day, it didn’t take long to match every part with just the right person.
But then there was Harold. The little guy really wanted a part, but well because of his learning disabilities, the directors kept passing him over. But Harold just kept popping up again, asking for a part. Finally, the directors gave in and they gave him what they judged to be a no-risk part – the innkeeper who comes to the door and tells Mary and Joseph the inn is full. It was a part with only one simple line.
Little did they know that the stage had been set for the most memorable Christmas pageant they had ever seen!
The night of the pageant, you had to get there early just to get a seat. Backstage, the shepherds were putting on their bathrobes, the angels were adjusting their halos, everyone was reviewing their lines, and the directors were going over Harold’s line with him one more time, “Now, remember, Harold…’I'm sorry, we have no room.’” Slowly, but surely, Harold repeated his line, “I’m sorry, we have no room.”
The men of the church had built a set that portrayed Bethlehem in the background, a manger on the right, and an inn on the left.
As Act One neared its end, a weary Mary and Joseph trudged up to the inn door, desperately looking for shelter. Joseph knocked on the inn door and nothing happened. Backstage the front rows could hear the director whispering, “Now, Harold, now!” The set began to shake! Harold was struggling to get the door open. And then, standing there in his bathrobe, Harold listened as Joseph begged for a room for his pregnant wife.
Harold said nothing. Again, the backstage whisper, “I’m sorry, we have no room.” Another long pause. And finally, Harold struggled through his line, “I’m sorry, we have no room.” Then he slowly closed the door.
It was as Mary and Joseph began to turn away that the totally unforgettable moment came, the one no one would ever forget!
Suddenly the set started to shake again; Harold again struggling to get the door open. The stunned director’s trying to get to him, can’t get to him in time. Harold opened the door, ran after the departing Mary and Joseph, and loud enough for people in the basement to hear, Harold said, “Wait! Wait! You can have my room!”
You know what? Little Harold understood exactly what Christmas means!
Luke 2:7, says, “There was no room for them in the inn.”
BUT HAROLD UNDERSTOOD THAT WHEN THE SON OF GOD IS AT YOUR DOOR, YOU HAVE TO MAKE ROOM FOR HIM, which is something you may have never done! You’ve done Christian things, you’ve gone to Christian meetings, and you’ve believed Christian beliefs, and you’ve developed a Christian image, but maybe you’ve never really opened the door of your heart to the Savior who died for you, who is once again knocking on the door of your heart this Christmas! Your heart is empty because Jesus still isn’t there!
I can’t think of a better day, time or season to change that; to finally give yourself to the One who gave Himself for you!
You can open the door by praying a simple prayer something like this right where you are, “Jesus, I’ve been running my life. I resign. I believe when You died on that cross You were paying the death penalty for my sins, and right now I’m giving that up and I’m dropping that to grab You. I’m putting my total trust in You to forgive my sin, save me, write my name in the Lamb’s book of life, and help me to one day make heaven my home, today Jesus I Am Yours and You Are Mine. I believe it, I confess it, in Jesus Name. Amen” So simple…
This Christmas Season – the time that we celebrate His coming to earth, to save and rescue you – what a great time to give Him what He came for – YOU?
This Christmas Season many invitations will be given (for office holiday parties, Christmas luncheons, Christmas services etc…) and as much fun as they may be, the best invitation you can accept is the one Jesus extends to you for Salvation. And the best invitation He’s graciously waiting to accept from you is your invitation for Him to come into your Life and be your Personal Savior and Lord. It’s what the Real Heart of Christmas Is All About!
So today, extend your invitation to Him, He’s already extended His to you!
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