Posts Tagged ‘Bethlehem’

The Christmas lights burn brightly all around as we approach Christmas Day.

Lights on the Christmas trees, lights in the windows, lights in the garden lighting the way…but do they light the way to Bethlehem, and the stable where we find the baby Jesus, Saviour of the world?

All the lights, shining brightly
As the choir of, angels sing
Singing praise, now in the highest
At the birth of, Christ the King

Yes all the lights, are shining brightly
As the choir of, angels sing
Singing praise, now in the highest
At the birth of, Christ the King

Open my eyes; O heart believe
The wonder of, that Christmas night
Be born in me

Sing again, the sacred song of
How that star lit, up the sky
And how this world, lost in the darkness
Felt the hope of, Heaven’s light

Open my eyes; O heart believe
The wonder of, that Christmas night
Be born in me

Mary and Joseph tried to find somewhere to stay in Bethlehem so Mary could give birth to Jesus, but it was so busy they couldn’t find anywhere to stay. That was, until one of the innkeepers offered them the one place they had left, a stable, where they would need to rest amongst the animals. At least that innkeeper let them in or the Christmas story may have been so different!

Just as the innkeeper let Mary and Joseph in to his stable, so Christ wants us to open our hearts and let Him into our lives. This Christmas let’s remember that Christ is Lord, and the Prince of Peace, so let Him into your life today.

 

I came across this picture and the first thing that struck me was how the cross was at the centre of the picture

holy-night

Christmas is about all of the things contained in this picture, but are they part of your Christmas?

In fact, is the cross the centre of your whole life, or is it squeezed in as an after thought?

Let’s make this Christmas all about the Christ and about the cross. 

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, but as you’ll see from the title this is another Christmas word association today. It may be a Christmas edition word association, but it’s the same format, so I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. wordsRudolph
  2. Bauble
  3. Lights
  4. Excite
  5. Manger
  6. Food
  7. Boxing day
  8. Star
  9. Music
  10. Shopping

 

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Red
  2. Tree
  3. Flashing
  4. Presents!
  5. Jesus
  6. Stuffed
  7. Football
  8. Bethlehem
  9. Carols
  10. Mayhem

 

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

I believe in the poetic genius of a Creator who would choose to express such unfathomable power as a child born in straw poverty – Bono

It is amazing isn’t how, how someone so loving, so powerful as God, who could have made sure His son was born is the best of home, into the wealthiest of families, instead chose Mary and Joseph, ordinary everyday people, to be Jesus’ parents. For such a mighty saviour, Jesus was born in the lowest of places, a stable where the animals were kept, but that didn’t matter to Him or to God, because ultimately where he was born did not define the person he was to become.

If it’s acceptable to God for His Son to be born in a stable and still be the Saviour of the world, surely we as God’s children owe it to God to do all He asks of us. So this Christmas, repay God for sending us Jesus, by committing your life to Him today.

Born in Bethlehem by Third Day

Baby Jesus, born in a stable
Humble Saviors birth
You left Your throne in Heaven above
To live down here on the earth

Baby Jesus, lying in a manger
Crying for the world
The angels told the shepherds
Of the good news for us all

Hallelujah, the King is here
Given for all men
For today the holy son of God
Is born in Bethlehem

Come now sinners and you saints
All peasants and all kings
And bow before the earths redeemer
Let all voices sing

Hallelujah, the King is here
Given for all men
For today the holy son of God
Is born in Bethlehem

Hallelujah, the King is here
Given for all men
For today the holy son of God
Is born in Bethlehem

Baby Jesus, do You know
You’ll die for all our sins?
Don’t be afraid for in three days
You will rise again, You will rise again

Hallelujah, the King is here
Given for all men
For today the holy son of God
Is born in Bethlehem

Hallelujah, the King is here
Given for all men
For today the holy son of God
Is born in Bethlehem
For today the holy son of God
Is born in Bethlehem, born in Bethlehem

Glory to God by Hillsong

Let the earth rejoice
Heaven’s comes to you
While the city sleeps
A child is born

Drive away the fear

For you, Saviour has come
He lies in a bed
Made of straw
La la la la la la la
La la la la
La la la
La la la la la la

Glory to glory to God
In the highest
Glory to glory to God
In the highest
Glory, glory in the highest

Yesterday in Child of Love we considered the responsibility Mary and Joseph must have felt in raising their son, and God’s only Son.

Today it’s about you and me!

What does it mean to us that Jesus was born here on earth?

God sent a little bit of heaven to earth when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

God sacrificed His only Son at Calvary so that we could be forgiven of our sins.

What greater thing could any father do, than sacrifice his only son’s life?

Glory to God for all He did for the world all those years ago, and all He continues to do for us now.

This Christmas, have you given said thank you to God for sending His son to earth? Have you given all glory to God?

 

 

Following on from yesterday’s blog post, Mary’s Story, I want you to consider a little bit more how Mary felt when God asked her to give birth to His Son.

This time however instead of focusing on how her faith in God, I want to think about the woman called Mary, who must have been scared and frightened. She must have worried how Joseph would feel about her news and how her friends would treat her as in those days, being an unmarried mother was considered to bring disgrace to the family.

This whole side of Mary, just like yesterday, confirms just how strong Mary’s belief and trust in God was. She didn’t hesitate in agreeing to God’s wishes, despite the reservations she must have been feeling.

So again today I challenge you to be a brave and trusting as Mary, and accept God’s directions for your life. God knows what is best for your life, and He knows better than anyone what you are capable of, so don’t hesitate to say to God today, Mary didn’t all those years ago!

 

Do you know why we celebrate Christmas?

If Christ hadn’t been born in Bethlehem all those years ago in a stable, we wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas.

If Christ didn’t die on a cross at Calvary, just to save us, we wouldn’t celebrate Easter, and we wouldn’t be free to live the lives we do.

Aren’t they two of the best reasons why we should celebrate this Christmas, for the right reasons? CHRIST

It’s Christmas Eve, so what does that mean tonight while we sleep?

It means we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the Saviour of our wold!

So whatever you are doing this Christmas Eve, don’t just get excited because Santa coming, but, more importantly, remember to give thanks to God for sending Jesus into our world.

While You Were Sleeping by Casting Crowns:

Oh little town of Bethlehem
Looks like another silent night
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
A giant star lights up the sky
And while you’re lying in the dark
There shines an everlasting light
For the King has left His throne
And is sleeping in a manger tonight

Oh Bethlehem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
For God became a man
And stepped into your world today
Oh Bethlehem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

Oh little town of Jerusalem
Looks like another silent night
The Father gave His only Son
The Way, the Truth, the Life had come
But there was no room for Him in the world He came to save

Jerusalem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
The Savior of the world is dying on your cross today
Jerusalem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we’re lying in the dark
There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night

America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America, will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night

Jesus knocking on doorWe’ve all heard many times over the years how Mary and Joseph tried to find somewhere to stay in Bethlehem, but were constantly told there was no room.

Is Christ knocking on your door today, asking to be let in?

No matter whether we are worrying about something or someone, sick or ill, or mourning the death of a loved one, God loves us and will always have room for us in His heart. Therefore let’s make room in our hearts and time in our busy days, to let Christ into our heart’s this Christmas.

Who Is He? by Bellshill Band of the Salvation Army:

Who is He in yonder stall,
At whose feet the shepherds fall?
 
‘Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story!
‘Tis the Lord! the King of glory!    
At His feet we humbly fall,      
Crown Him! crown Him, Lord of all!
 
Who is He in deep distress,
Fasting in the wilderness?
 
Who is He the people bless
For His words of gentleness?
 
Who is He to whom they bring
All the sick and sorrowing?
 
Who is He that stands and weeps
At the grave where Lazarus sleeps?
 
Who is He the gathering throng
Greet with loud triumphant song?
 
Lo! at midnight, who is He
Prays in dark Gethsemane?
 
Who is He on yonder tree
Dies in grief and agony?
 
Who is He who from the grave
Comes to succor, help, and save?
 
Who is He who from His throne
Rules through all the worlds alone?