Fulfilled in Jesus

Our pilgrimage with our Beloved in Japan -- Yoko & Ramone on the journey with Jesus!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas? Is This Right?




"Is This Right?" - by Ramone, ink & water, 9.7.08

Merry Christmas? Yes, it's not your typical, warm "Christmas" image, because I think it wasn't so warm or nostalgic for Joseph and Mary. They went through a hard journey only to find no welcome, no hotel, no decent room, and then major surgery (birth!) on top of it.

And it was through that difficult time---one difficult thing after another---that the Savior was born. The situation just kept getting worse and worse. In circumstances that felt like "death", God carried them and brought them new *life* in His Son. Life that does not depend on circumstances, wealth, comfort, prosperity or health. His Son's Life is an eternal kind of life, not one based on the things we think we need here. Instead He gave Life that depends only on His promise and His faithfulness to fulfill every word He has spoken. When all earthly comforts pass away, His comfort will remain. His life survived death and the grave, and His life in us will do the same. We can go through anything because He has gone through everything before us.

His "fulfillment" in your life might come out a little differently than you'd expected, just like it was different than Joseph or Mary --or any other Israelite-- expected. It will bring you through "death" to your expectations, but the result will be resurrection into a new life that is better than what you had been hoping for.

Bless you in Jesus Christ, the Life!

*****

Link to original art post with story about the picture.

7 Comments:

  • At December 26, 2008 2:50 AM, Blogger Laura said…

    I like this one. Probably a lot more accurate than the typical nativity scene!

    I remember Sophia's first Christmas, when she was just 3 months old and I was still so traumatized by it all. I realized that I had a lot of understanding for the worship of His mother! What a thing to go through - bringing Life into the world.

     
  • At December 27, 2008 12:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Ramone & Yoko,

    Thanks for your Christmas greetings and thoughts!

    Blessings,

    Patrick & Carol

     
  • At December 27, 2008 12:06 AM, Anonymous ane said…

    Ramone our Pastor last night said he didn't think it probably was a silent night, holy yes, but silent, not!

     
  • At December 27, 2008 12:08 AM, Anonymous Patria said…

    Amen, Ramone! Hallelujah! Praise His Name. Thank you for that beautiful Christmas message. Blessings to you in His glorious Name...

    Patria

     
  • At December 27, 2008 12:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Ramone

    This is a great painting. To me it shows a couple in over their heads not knowing what to do. It very much like our life at times. We are in over our heads in so many ways. But it only because maybe for moment we forgot who lives in our manger. That is correct we are the new manger where the Son has been birthed into our lives.

    Our Lord is continuing to be birthed in people around the world. Jesus and the Father coming to live in people. Coming into a place of total darkness. Coming into a place of total death and making in alive by his power. Causing those who had to no hope to have hope living inside of them. Believe me when I write this; the Lord knows what he got himself into when he comes to live in a human being. This does not sway him one bit from coming to live within a human being.

    Today we are a Christian for the simple truth that Jesus Christ came to live in us. That is a definition of Christian. Some believe it's for what they believe, what the stand for, or because they do this or that. How that they are nice to people and smile alot. NO! All the doing does not make us a Christian. It is Christ living in a manger(the human being) that makes us a Christian.

    For us the greatest gift of all is Christ coming to live in us.

    Love
    Don

    P.S. I would like to send your painting and what you wrote along with what I shared around to others as like a Christian Card on Christmas day.

     
  • At December 27, 2008 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ramone,

    Thanks for this painting. It gives me a lot to think and ponder about.I am going to share it with friends on my email list. God bless you this Christmas season and into the New Year.

    Diana Lopez

     
  • At December 27, 2008 10:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Merry Christmas Ramone. Beautiful art, and a thought provoking message.

    Aaron M.

     

Post a Comment

<< Home