No Place to Lay His Head

Stan Mast

READ : Luke 4:16-21

Jesus, give us eyes to see you where we least expect you and courage to reach out and help. Amen.

Jesus’ words in Matthew 8 tell us that the beginning of his life was no fluke. It was the pattern of his life, because he came for those who have no place. But Jesus had a place, didn’t he? Luke 4 reminds us that he was raised in Nazareth. Well, yes, but that was just a temporary campground. When John 1:14 says that he “made his dwelling among us” (NIV), the word there means he pitched his tent. He had no permanent place to lay his head.

So it was no surprise that when Jesus returned “home,” he said his ministry was to “proclaim good news to the poor.” The world is full of them. Think of the tent cities that dot the sub-Saharan desert or the cardboard shacks built on the garbage dumps of Latin America. Or think of others who have physical homes but can’t find a comfortable place in their family or school or even their church.

As Christmas approaches, billions of people have no decent place to rest their weary heads or their wounded hearts. Where is God for them? Right there with them, even in them. As he ended his ministry, Jesus said in Matthew 25 that we would always find him in the homeless, the helpless, and the hopeless.

PRAYER

Jesus, give us eyes to see you where we least expect you and courage to reach out and help. Amen.