Gospel Doctrine 2015 – Lesson 3 – Unto You is Born… a Saviour

He was Elohim’s Only Begotten Son and a member of the Godhead but when He came down to the earth that he created, there was no room for Him. There was no room for him in crowded Bethlehem and no room for Him in the hearts of those who purported to be His chosen people. They preferred Barabbas (whose name means ‘son of the father’) to the real Son of the Father. As John states: And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:5) .

“On that night in Bethlehem there was no room for him in the inn and this was not the only time during the thirty-three years of his sojourn in mortality that there was no room for him. Herod sent soldiers to Bethlehem to slay the children. There was no room for Jesus in the domain of Herod so his parents took him to Egypt. During his ministry there were many who made no room for his teachings-no room for the gospel he taught. There was no room for his miracles, for his blessings, no room for the divine truths he spoke, no room for his love or faith. He said to them, ‘The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head’ (Matthew 8:20).

“Even in our day, although two thousand years have passed, there are many who say the same thing that was said on that night in Bethlehem. ‘There is no room, no room’ (see Luke 2:7). We make room for the gifts, but sometimes no room is made for the giver. We have room for the commercialism of Christmas and even pleasure-seeking on the Sabbath day, but there are times when there is not room for worship. Our thoughts are filled with other things-there is no room.” (The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter,edited by Clyde J. Williams [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1997], 42.)

Is there room for him in our crowded lives? As those who purport to have taken upon themselves His name, do we make room for Him in our thoughts?



As the’ innkeeper’ of our heart, do we welcome Him in or is He relegated to the equivalent of  a stable?

In His Father’s house there are many mansions but Jesus today seeks those who will make room for Him.  Still he asks us to let him in:

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)


See also: Scriptural advent calendar – December 15


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