She…laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7 NKJV)
And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified—behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!” John answered, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:26, 30 NKJV)
And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. (Matthew 12:15 NKJV)
Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. On the following day…when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. (John 6:2, 24, 26-27, 35, 40, 60, 66 NKJV)
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.” (Luke 9:58 NKJV)
When you read the above Scriptures in the order I have written them, there is a great lesson to be learned. It also explains why we hve so many nominal (in name only) Christians today.
After reading the above, we need to ask ourselves the following questions: Why do we follow Jesus? Is it to see the signs? Is it for the bread and fish? Do we only want the physical and not the spiritual? Are we afraid to invite Him home and give Him a place to lay His head because that means He would see us up close and personal? Are we afraid of the conviction He represents because of the things we should not allow in our home and life?
Or do we hunger and thirst for more than just following Jesus around like a spectator hoping to see something spectacular or eat a fish or two? Do we really open the door and let Him in and let Him dine with us, then give Him a place to lay His head?
Jesus may have come into this world and left this world without really having a place to lay His head. But now He so graciously gives us a choice:
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20 NKJV)
Only you can answer the questions I have presented and only you can open the door from the inside, for there is no door handle on the outside.
For an added perspective, read the May 17th Wigglesworth Devotional under the ‘Devotional’ tab at the top of this website.