I walked into the only inn available in the dusty little hamlet of Bethlehem in something of a daze. As I arrived, a large entourage was slowly moving down the street. I could see loaded camels and three very important personages. They wore strange clothing, and were obviously very wealthy.
I asked the woman wiping down a counter “What’s going on?”
She looked up and said, “I don’t know, but I’ll bet it has something to do with a strange event that took place a couple of months ago.”
I was curious, and asked her to tell me about it. She took a seat across from me and told this amazing story.
“This was during that awful census the emperor demanded. The inn was full, I didn’t even know where…or if…I would sleep. This poor couple came to the door. She was obviously in labor, but we simply did not have room.
“I felt sorry for her, but I couldn’t do much. I did tell them they could use the stable out back. It wasn’t much, but they’d be out of the way and have a bit of privacy for the birth. The accepted gratefully.
“When everything quieted down, I slipped out the back to check on them. I’ve helped deliver babies before, and I doubted they could afford a midwife.
“I checked her to see how far along she was and I noticed something odd. I don’t know how she ever got pregnant, she was a virgin. Believe me, I’d know.
“The Baby was born shortly after I arrived, and I’d just helped her get comfortable when a bunch of smelly shepherds came running through the door, shouting, “Where is He? Where is He?”
I motioned them outside, but they wouldn’t budge. “The angels came and told us about a special Baby that had just been born and sent us here. Then a bunch more came and the sky was filled with light and music, praising God. So, where is He?” the spokesmen for the group said.
I motioned to the manger, and those uncouth, illiterate men fell to their knees and worshiped this Child. I was surprised; these men almost never come down from the hills, even for the Feasts dedicated to God.”
I was stunned. I’d heard something on the road from Jerusalem about some kings that were searching for the newly born King of the Jews. It was rumored that Herod didn’t like the idea of a new king, as he was the current one. I’d come to Bethlehem because that was supposedly where the Child was, but I didn’t believe I’d find anything. Now I knew for sure…The Christ was born in Bethlehem.