In my childhood we spent our summer holidays in Blackpool. My grandparents had retired there and we stayed in their house. Being in a residential town, to get to the beach was a trek, past rows of guest houses with Vacancies or No Vacancies signs in the windows.
It was a good indication of what was to come, if there were no vacancy signs in the windows you knew the tourist parts of the town would be packed. There were no vacancies because the town was full.
It was like that in another place a long time go…
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to 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, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:4-7 ESVUK
There was no place for them in the inn. There were no vacancies because the town was full.
And angels were sent to announce the birth.
It must have been confusing for the angels. Here there were many people to announce the birth of God’s son to. Many of them on the doorstep of the sable. There were no vacancies, the town was full. But instead they were sent to somewhere outside the town to a small bunch of agricultural shift workers. Had God got it wrong? Why only them? What about the thousands of others in the town?
But God knows what he is doing, he announces his coming to those who are ready to hear. Are you ready?