Finding Room for Jesus
This Sunday, December
16 at 4:00 PM, our Vida y Fe (Life and Faith) Hispanic Mission will celebrate
Posada. Posada means “shelter” or “lodging”. The Posada celebration
is a retelling of the Christmas account where Mary and Joseph are looking to
find lodging (posada) in Bethlehem so that the Christ child can be born. At
the Posada celebration a couple representing Mary & Joseph leads a
procession around the church. As they walk around the outside of the
church they knock on the doors asking if there is anyone who will let them in. As
they go from door to door the people sing Christmas songs that recall the night
of Jesus’ birth. Finally, a door is opened and the procession goes inside
the church to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The entire reenactment is focused
on Luke 2:7 which 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.”
Mary & Joseph had
a hard time finding room for Jesus in Bethlehem at the time of Jesus birth. I
believe that it is still a hard task to find room in our hearts for Jesus today!
There are so many things going on in our life. Can we really take
the time to make room for Jesus?
We all resist giving
Jesus the significance in our lives that He deserves. We fill up our schedule
with events that pale in significance compared to Jesus. We spend our money on
the newest fashions and gadgets and leave little to give towards God’s work
around the world. We spend all our time advancing our careers and yet we say
that we have no time to help others in our church and community.
As you prepare to
celebrate Christmas this year, ask yourself this question: Have you left room
in your “inn” for Jesus? In this Advent season as you prepare your heart
for Jesus to come into your life, ask yourself these questions: What are
some ways that you fill our "inns" and leave little room for Jesus
during Christmas — and throughout the year? How can you create margin in
your Christmas schedule to focus on the importance of Jesus? What are
some things in your life you need to say "no" to so you can say "yes"
to a growing, vibrant relationship with Jesus?
Jesus is active and
working in our lives! He came into our world to save us! This Christmas,
let’s all pray that by the power of the Holy Spirit, that we are able to find
room for Jesus!
Making Room for Jesus,
Christ, Pastor Maske
Posted December 11, 2019