“There was no room for them in the inn.” Those familiar words ring out across the centuries. Yet in truth, there was no room for Him anywhere. And this scene, reminds us not only of His character, but also of ours. The Creator returned to a hostile world, not with His divine wrath prepared to destroy all that would treat Him with contempt, but in divine mercy prepared to endure all that we could throw at Him. Could God’s attitude of mercy and love toward our hostile and rebellious world have been any clearer than when He was found lying in a manger? When we are having difficulty conjuring up an appropriate Christmas spirit, we need only picture the God of eternity, too glorious for mortal eyes to look upon and live, enduring that filthy and incredibly humiliating setting. It was His love for us that put Him in that manger, though He despised the shame of it. Could He say “I love you” any clearer?