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Only two weeks from his crucifixion, Jesus has stopped in Bethlehem. He has returned to visit someone important--the innkeeper who made a place for Mary and Joseph the night he was born. But His greater purpose in coming is to pay a debt. What did it cost to house the Son of God?

Through this imaginative poem, John Piper shares a tale of what might have been - the story of...more
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published September 14th 2011 by Crossway Books (first published October 15th 1998)
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Shanna Gonzalez
Every year John Piper writes an Advent poem as a gift for the congregation of Bethlehem Baptist Church. This one tells a fictionalized story of the innkeeper who housed Joseph and Mary.

Most Nativity retellings emphasize the fact that there was "no room in the inn," interpreting this to mean the innkeeper had no eyes to see the meaning of the Nativity. But Piper takes a different tack, giving a historically plausible interpretation that Jesus' poverty-stricken parents would have been grateful for...more
Cyndi Beane-Henry


The Innkeeper
by John Piper
Paintings by Glenn Harrington
Copyright 1998, 2011 by Desiring God Foundation
Published by Crossway, Wheaton, IL
ISBN 978-1-4335-3025-8


Piper brings a visit from the Savior to the Innkeeper of the Inn where He was born.


A touching poem of loss and grief, and how the Lord will bring a sweet reunion to those who believe with their loved ones.


Harrington's paintings are lovely! And they bring life to the story, making it even more endearing.


Not just for the Christmas season, thi...more
Vaughn
John Piper wrote this Advent poem as a gift for the congregation of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis.

It's a fictionalized story in which Jesus, on his way to be crucified, visits the innkeeper who housed Joseph and Mary and hears his account of the Nativity. His story goes on to dramatically describe Herod's Slaughter of the Innocents (Matthew 2:16-18), in which the innkeeper lost his entire family and his right arm. He lived on in lonely grief, never understanding why God would allow su...more
Steve Hemmeke
I re-read this short poem by John Piper, for Christmas, made into a book. It's really too short for a book.

It's a good antidote to the sentimentalism of Christmas, which cost families their babies' lives. Just a couple of brutal lines about 3/4 into the poem pack quite a punch. Jesus came into this sinful, harsh world to redeem the worst of circumstances. Mary's birth of Jesus was one of these - Christmas was no cake walk for Joseph and Mary.
Becca
I watched the video of John Piper (www.desiringgod.com) reading this account of Jesus finding the man who owned the stable in which he was born. Beautiful story of finding hope in Jesus through suffering. Loved it.
Nona
God' ways are high, and you will know
In time. But I have come to show
You what the Lord prepared the night
You made a place for heaven's Light.
Wade
An encouraging, little Christmas poem that points to the beauty of the cross in the midst of the struggle, pain and sorrow of this world.
Pam Nelson
Startling take on the Christmas story. My favorite Christmas story. I take a few minutes to reread every Christmas season.
Peter Kim
beautifully written. reminds me of what was lost and suffered in order to gain Christ
Josh Smetzer
The poetry was alright but liked the story it presented.
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See note for "The Misery of Job..."
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John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethe...more
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