And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7 AMP)
A manger, or trough, is a feeder that is made of carved stone, wood, or metal construction and is used to hold food for animals (as in a stable). Mangers are mostly used in livestock raising. They are also used to feed wild animals, e.g., in nature reserves. (Wikipedia)
In the time of Jesus’ birth, donkeys, camels and horse drawn carriages were the popular means of transport and so just as we have car parks in motels today, Inns at that time would have stables were the animals could be kept and refreshed while their owners lodged in the Inn.
When the parents of Jesus arrived that day, the ‘Motel’ was fully booked and with Mary already in labour, she had to give birth to Jesus in the ‘car park’.
The thoughts to ponder as we mark another anniversary of the king that was born in the ‘car park’ are:
Would you as creator of the world have made the choices that Jesus made? Would you have chosen to be born in a ‘car park’ even though you had the power to orchestrate the most royal arrival? Would you have chosen a carpenter as a father and signed up for a workman’s life of hard labour?
Jesus says… Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. (Matthew 11:29 AMP)
Jesus invites us to learn the lessons of Christmas; the lessons of sacrifice, humility and living the simple life.