Summary: Here’s a Christmas sermon to help us all prepare properly for Christmas.
Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart
 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.
 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.
 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
How many remember what it was like back in the 1960s?
It was the decade of protests and demonstrations.
Let me tell you about one very unusual demonstration
that took place in 1965.
It was Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
The manager at the local Holiday Inn had had a busy day.
It was late now… and he was working alone at the main desk.
Although the motel was filled with Christmas travelers,
he had graciously sent most of the workers home
to be with their families for Christmas Eve...
and the lobby was quiet now.
But then as he was finishing up some paper work at the front desk,
he suddenly heard a noise.
He looked up.
He couldn’t believe his eyes!
Walking in the main door of the Holiday Inn
on this Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
was a young man dressed in an old tattered bathrobe.
The young man was pulling a donkey.
On the donkey was a young woman
who appeared to be pregnant.
The manager was stunned!
What in the world was going on!
The young man walked up and said:
"My name is Joseph... and this is Mary.
As you can see, she is about to have a baby.
We need a room for the night."
I’ll tell you the rest of that story later!
Now…that innkeeper in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,
made me take a fresh look
at the innkeeper in the original Christmas story.
He helped me to see the innkeeper from a different perspective.
When we look at him with an open mind
There are some important things we can learn.
Here are some helpful lessons we can learn from an innkeeper.
It’s A Mistake To Make Snap Judgments.
He who is slow to wrath has great understanding,
But he who is impulsive exalts folly.
Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge,
And he sins who hastens with his feet.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty,
But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
Do not go hastily to court;For what will you do in the end,
When your neighbor has put you to shame?
Do you see a man hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Do not be rash with your mouth,
And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God.
For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few.
Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry,
For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
Remember when Jesus sent His disciples ahead into Samaria?
The Samaritans didn’t treat the disciples very well
So listen to what they said when they came back to Jesus!
And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?"
I think we have treated the innkeeper unfairly.
We have pictured him as a harsh, irritable, insensitive character,
who was too caught up in his own self-centered world
to be bothered by the problems of others!
Too cold to be bothered even by a young couple
who were obviously expecting a baby at any moment.
We picture him putting the young couple out into the cold streets.
"We’re full up! No room here.
I can’t be bothered with you and your problems.”
We have pictured him so vividly.
In fact, it’s rather amazing, because... do you know what?
He is not even mentioned in the Biblical Christmas story.
All of these negative ideas about the innkeeper
Are because of an implication in a portion of 1 little verse.
Luke 2:7 – "And Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn."