Imagine what it must have been like back in the days leading up to our Savior's birth. Unlike today, where we plan our hospital stay and reserve our room for the perfect delivery of our child, they didn't have that convenience. Mary and Joseph headed to Bethlehem to be counted in a census. The trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem is over ninety miles and probably took more than four days. They must have been exhausted after such a long trip only to find out that there was no room at the inn for them. As tired as they were, they probably didn't care where they slept and ended up in a barn! Since the ride on a donkey is probably not that smooth, I'll bet that it helped bring on the labor and thus His birth in a stable. Not what you would expect for a king's birth! But nothing about His life resembled the kings of today. But, it was all part of the plan and the beginning of our freedom from sin. A savior was born!
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 2:6-7