The manager of Baltimore’s largest hotel refused lodging to a man dressed as a farmer. The manager thought that his lowly appearance would discredit his Inn. The man left and found a room in another place. Shortly thereafter, the manager discovered that the man he had refused lodging was non other than Thomas Jefferson, then Vice President of the United States. Immediately he sent a note to Jefferson and invited him to return as his guest. Jefferson replied by instructing his messenger: “Tell him I have alreay engaged a room. I value his good intentions highly, but if he has no place for a dirty American farmer, he has none for the Vice Predident of the United States.”

In much the same way, when the Lord Jesus came into this world, there was no room at the inn. After more than 2,000 years nothing has changed. There are “No Vacancies” signs displayed in many a heart and home because there is no room for Jesus.

No beautiful chamber, no soft bed,
No place but a manger, nowhere for His head;
No praises of gladness, no thought of their sin,
No glory but sadness, no room in the inn.

No one to receive Him, no welcome while here,
No balm to relieve Him, no staff but a spear;
No seeking His treasure, no weeping for sin,
No doing His pleasure, no room in the inn.

No room, no room for Jesus,
O give Him welcome free,
Lest you should hear at Heaven’s gate,
“There is no room for thee.”