No Room in the… What?
The widely known Christmas story describes a desperate woman in labor searching for a place to settle so she can give birth. To our amazement, after knocking on doors throughout their home town, they settle for an animal stall because there is no room for them in the… INN? Mary and Joseph were not trying to check into a hotel, they were staying with relatives When it came time for Mary to deliver the baby, the Greek translation of Luke’s text says, “she wrapped him in cloth and laid him in a corn crib, as there was no room in the ‘guest room’.” That is right…the guest room. It is not saying, there was no room in the inn as if it was a place you paid to stay. (Luke 2:1-7) It was customary in Bethlehem, for the family to have a guest room in the front area of the