AN AUSSIE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN THE OUTBACK (Revised)

Posted: December 24, 2013 in Christmas
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AN AUSSIE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN THE OUTBACK

Adapted Version by Ross Cochrane (based on Niland and Morrison’s version)

Down to the barn in the old rusty ute

Down to the barn in the old rusty ute

Image © by Ross Cochrane

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23 KJV)

G’day!

It’s great to have you mob (crowd) here today for our Aussie (Australian) Outback Christmas.

You’ll hear a bit of Aussie Lingo here this arvo (Australian language here this afternoon).

You’ll hear a story about the Nativity as it might have happened if it took place in outback Australia.

Jesus, of course, was born in Bethlehem, not in the Never-Never (Outback Australia)

So our story is a bit of a furphy (a made up story) but only concerning the place, not the actual events. The events are all dinki-di from the Bible (The events are all true as told by the Bible).

I won’t earbash you no more (I won’t talk a lot), so lets shake a leg (Let’s get on with it).

 

AN AUSSIE OUTBACK NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

‘Twas the night before Christmas; There wasn’t a sound.

Not a possum was stirring in Bethlehem’s town.

The inn keeper’s table had tucker and beer.

But out in the stable, Mary’s baby was near;

 

If it happened in outback Australia today

On a homestead up North, and so far away

With Goannas and Emus and red dirt and dust

Where cars and machin’ry are covered in rust

Where crocodiles snap and deadly snakes hiss

I’ve got a feeling it might look like this…

 

On a hot Christmas Eve we’d be safe in our beds,

While dreams of pavlova dance round in our heads;

Mum in her nightie, and dad in his shorts,

Would have just settled down to watch TV sports,

 

As the Kangaroos gather out on the plain

And a Kookaburra laughs in the gum tree again

The red dog stops barking. The sky’s pink and blue

We can hear distant sounds of a didgeridoo

 

Then up in the night’s sky a star shines so bright;

Loud voices of praise wake us up with a fright.

We run to the screen door, peek cautiously out,

Sneek onto the deck, to find what it’s about.

 

Guess what had woken us up from our snooze,

But a whole host of angels declaring good news.

And one of them standing above a gum tree,

Said the Saviour was born and told us where He would be.

 

Now, I’m telling the truth. It’s all dinki-di.

Those heavenly angels filled up the sky.

One looked at us kids, his wings were like flames,

And he spoke to us all and called out our names.

Now, Davo, Now Bazza, Now, Kylie and Shane!

On Maggie! On Shazza! On, Stevo and Wayne!

Go to the kitchen, grab a quick drink,

Scoot down to the barn and see what you think!’

 

So down to the barn in the old rusty ute

With hearts full of wonder,  all of us scoot,

We park by a gum tree and jump to the ground,

Then in through the window, we all look around.

 

There were drovers and shearers, a man with a beard.

And his wife had a baby whom the workmen revered;

They wore singlets and shorts, because of the heat.

They took off their hats and bowed at His feet

 

The baby awoke and His eyes simply Shone!

Born of a virgin, God’s only Son!

Three Swagmen arrived from far east of the station

They’d been searching all day for the King of Salvation

 

A swag full of prezzies they flung from their backs,

And with everyone looking they undid their packs.

They spoke not a word, but bent down on one knee,

And presented their goodies and gifts. There were three…

 

One brought gold nuggets, a gift for a king

And one brought Him Frankincense, a strange gift to bring

And then there was Myrrh from the last one to come,

When he saw us he winked and he held up his thumb;

 

Then the angels appeared clear out of the blue;

Flung out their wings and prepared to shoot through.

They bellowed out loud as they swooped past the gates –

‘Merry Christmas to all, and good-on-ya, mates!’

 

AUSSIE OUTBACK CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

HEAVEN – God’s Station and Homestead

I want to take a moment now with my interpreter to spruke on about God’s Station and Homestead in the sky for a while before we say Hooroo. (I want to talk about heaven before we go).

Heaven is not just a place way out beyond the black stump (Heaven is not a place which is far away).

Heaven is not bullamanka (Heaven is not an Imaginary place even beyond the back of Bourke).

It’s God’s Homestead and station for us (It’s God’s home for us)

It’s God’s Chrissie gift (It’s God’s Christmas present)

So let me ask you 2 questions

First of all – Are you sure that when you carkit that you are going to go and live in God’s Homestead? (Are you sure that when you pass away, die, you will be with God in heaven?) Tick this over! (Think about this for a moment)

Secondly – If God were to ask you, “Why should I let you onto My station?” what would you say? (If God asked Why should I let you into My Heaven, what would you say?)

AUSSIE BATTLER – Hard Yakka won’t cut it

You might say, “Well, I’ve been an Aussie Battler all my life (I’ve been a hard trier or struggler all my life). I’ve done some hard yakka (I’ve worked hard). I lived a pretty good life. That should count for something.”

The Bible says, “Getting onto God’s station (into heaven) is a gift, not something you do hard yakka for (heaven is a gift. It is not earned or deserved. No amount of personal effort, good works or religious deeds can earn a place in heaven)

It’s no use having tickets on yourself (It’s not something you can boast or brag about). It doesn’t depend upon you. It is a gift.

We don’t have to pay a brass razoo for it. (We don’t have to pay anything for it. It’s a gift... ..And you are absolutely right – Romans 6:23 in the Bible says “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” and Ephesians 2:8,9 says “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast”)

But let’s not get carried away (distracted). WHY is it that no one can earn their way to Heaven?)

SIN – Making a big Blue with God

Because . . . All of us cobbers have made a serious blue when it comes to obeying God (All of us have sinned, got it wrong, missed the mark with God)

Were all like a mob of sheep that have strayed into the back paddock.

Crickey! (This is serious!) We’ve got Buckley’s of getting ourselves out of the spot where in. (There is no way we can save ourselves – no chance at all. There’s just no way to get to heaven because we’ve blown it, big time). It’s not a matter of saying “She’ll be right mate” because we are not right with God.

However, in spite of us making a big blue with God (in spite of our sins and mistakes) God wasn’t up a gumtree about this (God wasn’t in a quandary about what must be done.)

GOD – True Blue

God doesn’t get Aggro at us, only with our sin (He doesn’t get aggressive or angry at us, only our rebellious ways).

God wants to give us a fair crack of the whip! (God wants to give us a Fair go!) He is loving but He is also just.

God is true-blue and fair-dinkum about judging our sin (God is Pure and honest and keeps His promises about judging our sin)

But He is also ridgy-didge about loving us (God genuinely loves us. Jeremiah 31;3 says “I have loved you with an everlasting love”)

God was keen as mustard to find a way to save us and Jesus was just what the doctor ordered. (God was enthusiastic about saving us and solved our problem for us by sending Jesus.)

CHRIST – God’s Chrissie gift

Without Jesus, we’ve got Buckleys (Without Christ we have no hope, no chance of being saved).

God lobbed in on the earth as an ankle biter, born of the virgin Mary (God became a child, born of a virgin). And that’s Christmas, right?

But there’s more to it than that.

He was a normal bloke except that He lived a perfect life and died for us mob in order to pay a very exe price for us making a blue (He was a normal person who lived a perfect life and died on a Cross and paid an expensive price for our sins)

And He died to purchase a station and homestead for us in Heaven (He died to purchase a place we can call home in heaven).

That’s His Chrissie present (That’s His Christmas gift to you).

Jesus died for us and now being mates with God is a goer (Jesus enables friendship with God to be a reality)

The thing about Jesus is that He will never bail you up (Jesus will never force you accept His gift of eternal life)

You have the choice to give it a burl or knockback Christ’s offer. (You have a choice to believe in Christ or refuse what He is offering you).

FAITH – Avergoyamug

But you would be a dipstick if you didn’t at least consider faith this arvo (It would be foolish not to at least consider having faith in Christ this afternoon).

Faith is like a boomerang. It will turn your life around and bring you back to God. It’s like chucking a u-ey (It’s like making a U-turn back towards God)

So take a Captain Cook and give it a burl (So have a look for yourself and give it a try).

Faith puts us in a good possie for a homestead in heaven. (Faith puts us in an advantageous position to receive eternal life).

You may think what I am saying is a bit iffy (Perhaps you’re a bit doubtful, questioning what I am saying).

But what I am trying to say is avagoyermug (What I am trying to say is “take the risk of faith” and give it a try – the Bible says “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” Acts 16:31).

So let’s have a chin wag with God (Let’s talk to God. Let’s pray)

SINNERS PRAYER – Chin Wag with God

If you have decided to give faith in Christ a go, then Bewdie, Grouse, ripper (If you respond to Christ then Very good, well done, unreal, great, fantastic).

So all that’s left to say is hooroo and have a micky mouse Christmas and good on ya mates! (So goodbye and have an excellent Christmas and God’s richest blessings on you, my friends)

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Comments
  1. pastorross12 says:

    Reblogged this on Words of Life and commented:

    Have a great Christmas everyone. Thanks for the great support you have given to Words of Life through the year. So excited about nearing completion with the Book of Job, about all that God has taught me and the opportunity to share with such amazing people. Thankyou.

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  2. Andy Oldham says:

    WoW! I love this. Thank you for changing it to include the birth of our savior. May God continue to bless you and your family this Christmas and coming 2015.

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  3. SO cleverly Aussie – and the picture is brilliant! Love it.

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