Stable-like Hearts

Steven Laman

READ : Luke 2:1-7

Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” (John 8:12 Message)

Artists often portray the stable where Jesus was born as being bright and neatly swept, with a fresh layer of straw in the manger. But is this an accurate portrayal? Realistically, I think the animal stalls were cold, cobwebby, and littered with filthy straw. Yet the Savior chose to enter the world in this dark, musty, smelly place.

I am grateful that the Lord did invade that unsanitary place because often our hearts are just as filthy. Bitterness, lust, hatred, and countless other sins may clutter our hearts. Without him they remain cold and dark, with the stench of sin hanging in the air. Despite all the dirt and grime in our lives, Jesus longs to be born in our hearts by faith.

I am sure that after Jesus was born in that Bethlehem stable, it didn’t feel so dark and cold anymore because the Light of the world was there. He delights to come into our lives and clean up all the residue that sin leaves behind and shine his light into the darkest and dirtiest/dingiest corners.


Savior of the world, be born in my heart anew this Christmas.