Merry Christmas.

Dec 25, 2009 | Uncategorized | 13 comments

Joyeux Noël!!!

‘Been thinking lately about the uniqueness of the Christian faith. Those of you who are not believers, bare with me. It is my prayer that this causes consideration…

I do love Jesus. I do desire to be like Him. And while I may fail ten thousand times a day I am seen as righteous before a Holy God.

Unreal.

The uniqueness of Christianity is this – it is the one “religion” where instead of us running like hamsters on a wheel trying to be Holy for approval, trying to be good to gain merit with God, trying to be “spiritual” enough …

It’s the one faith where it is not about man rising up to meet God but about God, coming to earth to meet us.

Christmas.
The Christ child, born in a barn, humbly, among animals. In poverty, in simpleness…

Jesus lived on this earth as we live, He hungered as we hunger, He had family and loved them as we do, He worked hard as a carpenter as we work hard to provide, He was tempted as we are tempted, and he suffered in death as all of us will someday. And through all this he lived a Holy life. Without sin. He died as the only sinless man, paying the ultimate price. He did this for us.
We did not…we do not deserve this.

Grace.

It’s all so simple what is required of those who desire to be one of his lambs this Christmas.
Belief like a child.
Belief that the Man Jesus is the Son of God.

“No man comes to the Father but by Me.”

There is nothing we can do to earn his Grace. True, those of us who are believers desire to live as he did as a response of love to Him but there is no deed we can do, do act of kindness, no inner goodness that will get us to the gates of heaven. (If there was, His death would have been in vain.)

Only belief that God’s Son came to earth and died in our place. A Holy sinless God was born in a manger and died on a cross to pay for every evil we have done and would ever do. We are so undeserving and all He asks for this Christmas is belief.
I am so impressed by this lately. That God came down to us instead of us constantly trying to rise to meet Him. How exhausting would that be? Living in a state of wondering if you have done enough…

We exchange gifts at Christmas in the tradition of the three wise men bringing the baby Jesus presents. May I encourage you to pray about and consider the greatest gift of all – the completely undeserved love of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Merry, Merry Christmas.
Love, Angela
Parisienne Farmgirl.


PS: Photos galore on the way!

13 Comments

  1. Anne~fiona and twig

    Wishing you and your beautiful family a very blessed and Merry Christmas!
    Anne

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  2. Bonjour Madame

    What a wonderful message and so true. It really is amazing. Merry Christmas!

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  3. MommaMindy

    Beautifully put. It reminds me of a line from a hymn, “Heaven came down and glory filled me soul.” I am so thankful He came to our level, we can’t rise to His in our own merit and efforts. Merry CHRISTmas!

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  4. Marie-Ange

    Quelle belle famille !
    Je vous souhaite une très douce soirée de Noël.
    Marie-Ange

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  5. BonjourRomance

    THank you for this – imagine our Saviour came down to meet us!
    Wishing you every Christmas blessing for you and your family, and special blessings with the new baby!

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  6. Jenn@Spejory

    Amen!

    Merry Christmas!! May you experience the fullness of His love as you celebrate His birth!

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  7. My Vintage Modern Farmhouse...

    Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family and yes it is truly a gift like we will never ever get anywhere but from HIM.

    Hugs,
    LeAnn:)

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  8. Belle de Ville

    Merry Christmas to you and your family and I wish all of you and the new baby a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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  9. Corinne.

    Je vous souhaites de très bonnes fêtez de fin d’année à toi et ta jolie famille !!
    Amitié
    corinne

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  10. à la parisienne

    Angela,

    My parents were in town for Christmas this year, and I noticed this post and I just had to read it to my mom. I agree with every word you write here and I believe that we are saved through faith in Christ alone-eternally.
    You may never know the ripples that this post may cause as many may have read or will read this post and may never respond to you, but the most important thing is that they respond to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit in their hearts as they read this irrefutable truth. Reading your posts and making your virtual acquaitance has been a blessing to me and I look forward to staying in touch with you this coming year.
    Mandy

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  11. Daisy

    Outstanding article and I am loving the pics of your gorgeous family my Queen! Fantastic message!!

    Happy New Year!

    Royal wishes,
    Daisy
    LaPetitPlume.blogspot.com

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  12. Tina Leigh

    Wow! Great post! Merry late Christmas & Happy New Year to you & yours!

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  13. Joy

    You said it perfectly. Amen.

    Reply

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