Liberty University Online Academy would like to introduce you to Richard Garman. Richard has worked for LUOA for over ten years. He has served as a department chair, curriculum project manager, and in other responsibilities. Now, he serves as the academy chaplain, teaches math and Bible courses, and helps with administrative duties. Richard has a passion for sharing the Gospel and studying the Bible, which he is sharing through this series on the LUOA Spark!
No Detour from Calvary
While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7
You would think that if God so rules the world as to use an empire-wide census to bring Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, He surely could have seen to it that a room was available in the inn.
Yes, He could have. He absolutely could have! Jesus could have been born into a wealthy family. He could have turned stone into bread in the wilderness. He could have called 10,000 angels to His aid in Gethsemane. He could have come down from the cross and saved Himself. The question is not what God could do, but what He willed to do.
God’s will was that though Christ was rich, yet for your sake He became poor. The “No Vacancy” signs over all the motels in Bethlehem were for your sake. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9.
God rules all things including hotel capacities and available rooms for the sake of His children. The Calvary road begins with a “No Vacancy” sign in Bethlehem and ends with the sign on the cross in Jerusalem that read, “JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” John 19:19.
We must not forget that Jesus said, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23.
We join him on the Calvary road and hear him say, “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you as well” John 15:20.
To the one who calls out enthusiastically, “I will follow You wherever You go.” Jesus said, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Luke 9:57–58.
Yes, God could have seen to it that Jesus have a room at His birth, but that would have been a detour off the Calvary road.
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Richard has worked for LUOA for over ten years. He has served as a department chair, curriculum project manager, and in other responsibilities. Now he serves as the academy chaplain, teaches math and Bible courses, and helps with administrative duties. He graduated from Liberty University with a Master’s in Theological Studies in 2017. He also has degrees from Hollins University (MALS) and the College of William and Mary (BA in Education). Richard is originally from Roanoke, VA, and he enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his wife and pets, cooking, and reading.