A Cradle Fit for Royalty

Luke 2:15-16 –And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.

Ive often heard of women not making it in time to a hospital. Even a well-prepared home birth can be messed up if the expecting mother is caught across town in the supermarket. Taxi births are common, so are babies born in elevators. But what would be more degrading for a mother in the modern world than to give birth in a tiny barn full of smelly animals?

Its true that the birth itself is often quickly forgotten when the joy of holding your newborn baby in your arms follows. Your baby is the most beautiful princess, or little prince, you have ever laid eyes on. Its then time to show your precious new family member the nursery that you have so lovingly put together during the months of waiting. The cradle that took you forever to choose, and dont forget the bunny rugs.

But wait a moment! I dont remember reading that part in the Christmas story. The shepherds found the baby lying in a manger. A manger is kept in stable. Its used as the feeding trough for donkeys and milking cows! There would probably even be hens and a goat or two sharing the small space around the manger. Here is where the King of the Jews was sleeping. And, sitting close by with watchful eyes, were Mary and Joseph; a humble pair who had travelled many miles to find no room in the inn.

This cradlewasmade for royalty. Jesus was born in a manger because Hewas, andis, andwill always be Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

This same Jesus was found by the shepherds wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a mangera cradle made for royalty.

Father, thank you for sending your son to earth. Help me never to forget the wonder of that first Christmas morning when the King of Kings came as a humble babywho was given by you to be called Jesus our Saviour. Amen

穢 Chrissy Siggee

Scripture Verses used are from the King James Version of the Bible

Shine – Like the Christmas Star

Matthew 5:16 –In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (NIV)

Christmas is approaching fast and stores are filled with decorations and gifts for all ages. Christmas trees, real and fake, dazzle us with lights and baubles. Lets face it; it gives us all a feeling of excitement that Christmas is just around the corner.

Celebrations of the birth of Christ may vary from family to family, from church to church and from tradition to tradition. In reality it doesnt matter how we celebrate as long as the true message of Christmas is our main focus.

As a child, my favorite Christmas decoration was the Christmas Star. We placed the star on the top of our tree year after year. One Christmas, we visited cousins who used a fairy. A star was nowhere to be seen. As a nine year old at that time I could not comprehend how a fairy could replace the precious tree-topper. Later in life when I had my own family the idea of a fairy tree-topper never entered my mind. Our own children were brought up knowing the true meaning of Christmas: The birth of Jesus. The brightness of that Christmas Star reflected the announcement of royalty birth, Jesusthe light of the world and guided the shepherds and the wise men to Jesus.

In the same way, our hearts need to reflect the love of Jesus who resides in us. Our lives need to reveal the light that burns just like the Christmas Star. We can let our light so shine before menand our families who dont always see eye-to-eye of what Christmas is about. Live as Jesus would live. Speak as Jesus would speak; with love in our hearts that shine like the Christmas Star that can lead others to

Lets show love and grace to those who see things differently to us this Christmas. Let your light shine so we glorify your Father, which is in heaven.

Father, let our light shine from within that we may lead others to Jesus and the true message of Christmas be seen by your love within us. Amen

穢 Chrissy Siggee

Jesus, Hope To the World

Psalm 72:12-13 –For he will deliver the needy who cry out,the afflicted who have no one to help.He will take pity on the weak and the needyand save the needy from death. (NIV)

Colossians 1:27 –To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (NIV)

Its sad to think that for many people Christmas means nothing more than parties, decorations, holidays and time off work. I see more to it this time of year; its a blessed reminder of the birth of Jesus Christ. My hope is founded in this baby; a baby that was born to save mankind. My hope in him is real.

In reality though, its difficult for many people to find hope. We live in a misplaced world of social injustice, crime, poverty, homelessness, unemployment, disease, pain and loneliness. Jesus means hope to all mankind, but we have to grasp the promises of God and take them to the world whether it be across the road or a across the ocean.

When you find Jesus, you find hope, and theres no false hope Jesus. Its not a fanciful fairy tale wishing for a happy ending. We as Christians need to spread hope; not just by preaching The Word but by doingThe Word. Millions of people do not even know Christmas is just around the corner, or what the fuss is about. Many people dont know where their next meal will come from, and wouldnt know what turkey and Christmas pudding is. They dont see any hope. They see nothing but despair…

As Christians, we are supposed to be the hands and feet of Jesus. As His hands and feet we are to serve Him by serving others. Christmas is a renewal of hope. It reconfirms for us the revelation that Jesus is the reason for this season. It was settled long ago, so we don’t have to doubt. Jesus is the fulfilment of our hope; our deepest longings come true.

Lord, Let your hope and joy radiate through us. Help us to embrace the hope we have in you and share it with those less fortunate than ourselves, whether it be spiritually, emotionally or by using our hands and feet for your glory. Amen.

穢 Chrissy Siggee

Shepherds

Luke 2:8-20 says:And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

At the time of Jesus birth, people who attended sheep were considered one of the least significant of the human race by other people. They lived quiet and humble lives, often spending their days and nights with their flocks. The sheep that they tended were probably bred as sacrifice animals for the temple in near-by Jerusalem. These shepherds were just doing their usual job when the angels appeared before them. I think I would be shaking in my sandals too. The news the angel gave the shepherds would have surprised them too. Babies would have been plentiful during the census and specific descriptions were to help the shepherds find Jesus among the crowded town.

When they went down into Bethlehem they found Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. They worshipped the newborn king before returning to their flocks glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen. It had been just as the angel had told them.

I can imagine the shepherds telling their friends and families for weeks after the event. This incident would have made a significant change in their tedious lives. History tells how shepherds became accepted and probably even admired by many.

Jesus refers to himself as the good Shepherd

John 10:11 – I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
John 10:14 –I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

The next time you sing the Christmas carol While Shepherds watched Their Flocks by Night take notice of the words and remember their significant place in the Christmas Story.

Father, thank you for sending your son to earth as a small baby. Thank you that lowly shepherds were among the first to greet Jesus and for the remindered of the significance ofthe birth. We praise you, just as the angels and shepherds did on that night so long ago. Amen.

穢 Chrissy Siggee

Scripture Verses used are from the King James Version of the Bible

Heavenly Angels Sing

A king is born today,

within a stable full of straw

This baby in a manger lay,

is what the shepherds saw.

 

He came to earth to breathe as man,

to live, to die for us all

This was Gods own plan,

what shall I bring the Fathers son?

 

Worship in humble adoration,

to this child our offering bring

Praise, love, faith and hope,

heavenly angels sing.

 

穢 Chrissy Siggee

The Christmas Star

It twinkles high above the earth

Once glistened on a royal birth

Encircled by an angels choir

Proclaiming Gods desire.

 

Shepherds feared that dazzling light

Attending their sheep that blessed night

It lured wise men from afar

Vowed to follow this shining star.

 

Jesus was born in a cattle stall

Found wrapped in a shabby shawl

Beneath a clear night sky

His mother Mary sits nearby.

 

No matter where we are

You can see the Christmas star

Look within your heart He called,

Its the brightest star of all.

 

穢 Chrissy Siggee

What Does Christmas Mean To You?

Jubilance radiates tranquil moments,

Young lovers pursue tender embraces

Neighborhood children join in games

Sweet aromas saturate festive appetites

Families share in united harmony.

 

Midnight services fill the churches,

Choirs sing in joyous proclamation

Nativity scenes and dramas unfold,

Ascended praises announce His birth

Jesus Christ, Saviour and Lord.

 

Silence falls before the dawn,

Christmas excitement awakes the birds

Gifts exchanged and children squeal,

Doorbells ring of kith and kin

Celebrations unfold with festive feast.

 

Church bells echo through the town,

God’s people gather near and far

Scripture is read of our Saviour’s birth,

Mankind raise their voices with carols sung,

Christians celebrate the birth of Christ.

 

穢 Chrissy Siggee