This article appeared at Servants of Grace on December 9, 2010.
And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)
I find it striking that at the end of his ministry, as he was wrapping up his time with his disciples before he went to the cross, Jesus assured them, “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:2-3) He wandered about without a place to lay his head, yet, he is quick to promise his troubled disciples not merely shelter, any shelter, but a room in the Father’s house.
Although my Savior came to no room at his birthplace, he has gone on to prepare a room for me, and it’s not just a room, that is, a designated space with measurements and coordinates. He will be there also. And not just a room with him there—that would be awesome enough, but he has prepared for me to be with him, to abide with him, to reside in him. HE is what makes up the features, the atmosphere, the feng shui of the room. HIM. He is home. He is the where of kicking off my shoes and settling down with a cuppa joe. He is comfort food, a soft blanket, and a wagging tail at the door. He is Sabbath.
A popular saying at this time of year is, “Make room in your heart for Jesus.” Notwithstanding we can’t make the room but he must, the truer saying is that “He has made room for us.” And it’s more: It’s his Father’s house. He is the Son, and in being with him there, we receive all the same benefits that he gets as a Son.