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Advent 2012: Day

Christ’s birth and kingdom are foretold by the prophet isaiah


Today's Text: Isaiah 7:14 & 9:2-7

Text: Isaiah 7:14 & 9:2-7

Prophecy is a rich and critical part of the gospel story. God promised a Savior. A King. A way out. The Old Testament Prophecies gave hope to His people then, and assurance to us now. He does what he says he will do. And he will continue to! Thanks be to God!

The following is an excerpt from our family’s favorite children’s Bible, “The Jesus Storybook Bible”, by Sally Lloyd-Jones. She uses prophecies from Isaiah 9, 11, 40, 50, 53, 55, and 60 to compose a beautifully-written message of hope from God to us, his people through the prophet Isaiah:

Dear Little Flock,

You’re all wandering away from me, like sheep in an open field. You have always been running away from me. And now you’re lost. You can’t find your way back.

But I can’t stop loving you. I will come to find you. So I am sending you a Shepherd to look after you and love you. To carry you home to me.

You’ve been stumbling around, like people in a dark room. But into the darkness, a bright Light will shine! It will chase away all the shadows, like sunshine.

A little baby will be born. A Royal Son. His mommy will be a young girl who doesn’t have a husband. His name will be Emmanuel, which means “God has come to live with us.” He is one of King David’s children’s children’s children.

The Prince of Peace.

Yes, Someone is going to come and rescue you! But he won’t be who anyone expects.

He will be a King! But he won’t live in a palace. And he won’t have lots of money. He will be poor. And he will be a Servant. But this King will heal the whole world.

He will be a Hero! He will fight for his people, and rescue them from their enemies. But he won’t have big armies, and he won’t fight with swords.

He will make the blind see, he will make the lame leap like a deer!

He will make everything the way it was always meant to be.

But people will hate him, and they won’t listen to him. He will be like a Lamb – he will suffer and die.

It’s the Secret Rescue Plan we made – from before the beginning of the world!

It’s the only way to get you back.

But he won’t stay dead – I will make him alive again!

And, one day, when he comes back to rule forever, the mountains and trees will dance and sing for joy! The earth will shout out loud! His fame will fill the whole earth – as the waters cover the sea! Everything sad will come untrue. Even death is going to die! And he will wipe away every tear from every eye.

Yes, the Rescuer will come. Look for him. Watch for him. Wait for him. He will come!

I promise.

Love, God

  • This is absolutely beautiful. Praise God!

  • I absolutely love this!!!

  • Emmanuel God is with us… This is a phrase that is easy for me to quickly dismiss as a song lyric but Today I am so encouraged by it's "real" ness. I live in a country and among a people group who worship a "far off" god. They live their lives trying to please him and earn their way to heaven. Because I am far away from friends and family this Christmas I have been feeling a little lonely. This is just what I needed to be reminded of today. He is Emanuel God with us… He is with me. That is one of the things that makes us different when it comes to the world and other religions around us. Our God, our wonderful counselor, Mighty God, everlasting father and prince of peace is with us :)

  • i am readiness to leave the darkness and walk into His light!

  • The world would be dark without Jesus. I am grateful for the hope he brought into the world.

  • I found this group today – as I was searching the internet for something that felt right. My search terms were "rebuild faith" "women's modern faith" "understand faith."

    I lost my mom 3.5 years ago to breast cancer when I was 10 weeks pregnant with my first baby. The moment I lost her I thought I also lost faith. But lately I've been feeling a tug. Maybe it is my children. But a tug that I need to look for it again. I need to rebuild that relationship. I need to dig a little deeper in myself.

    So I started looking. Looking for a way that I can quietly and at my own pace start trying to find my way again. And my search brought me here. I started to read the Advent devotion. and hit Day 3 and something happened. This old comfortable and warm feeling I use to have when I went to church and was moved by the words or songs of just the community settled in my chest. I read the scripture and then I read the story from the Children's bible and my eyes welled up with tears. The kind of tears that come when you let out a deep breath and only then realize you have been holding it.

    I have a long road ahead of me. And I'm sure it is going to be bumpy. But today I'm very thankful for this site and these words to have found there way to me.

  • I love the way that reads!

  • I just read one of my daily devotions from Mark 10:15 which talks about how we should receive the Kingdom of God like a child. This passage above really hit home. Children are so innocent and take all the promises to heart. We should be more like children. This passage exemplifies the prefect example as to how we should receive the word of God and his promises

  • I enjoy reading these particular scriptures it is a reminder of what this whole season is about…even though in church on Sunday they did a very good job getting into the meaning of the season…about the Jesus being the bread of life and all about the bread trail in the bible…I just thank The Lord for His word and look forward to continuing this journey with all of you.

  • Stephanie

    It's so wonderful to see how the whole bible fits together and how much God loves us to create our world and even though we continually turn to our own ways (as the bible says "do what is right in our own eyes" ) he still came to this earth to bring us salvation and a way back into His presence.

    1 Timothy 2:5
    For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

  • No greater gift has been given or received than that of God’s Only Son. A gift of Love & sacrifice.
    This is keeping with the focus of Jesus as the reason for the season.

  • That is a great way to explain to children about Jesus. I’ve necer heard that version and it just makes it so simple for everyone to understand. I am sharing this version with my nieces and nephews. Thank you God!!!

  • rocknitat55

    How wonderful, how comforting. This coincides with the theme we r using for next sundays womens day. Un wrapping the gift. Jesus is the gift. He was given to us but many of us never unwrap the gift, peace,joy,love,prosperity,healing…etc
    He is here!

  • I thank you Jesus for been with me in this most stressful period in my life.God you listen to my cry everyday.Thank you, for i know you answer my prayers already.Let thy will be done unto my life Lord.

  • So thankful that we have God that loves us so much that He not only makes promises, but He KEEPS THEM! The God that we read about – the God who was then is the SAME God who is now! Praise be to Him who reigns forever! It's so reassuring to know that no matter how many times this world fails me, He never will. No matter how many times I fail Him, He will never give up on me. His love is too great!

    Father God, I thank You for who You are and for showing me the way to this wonderful #SheReadsTruth community! I am so thankful for each woman here and I pray you would lead us each and everyday though these devotions so we may more clearly see Your Truth. And in this the season of Advent help us prepare our hearts for you and your plan, show us true rest in the Prince of Peace, and allow us wisdom and understanding for the road which lies ahead. May we learn from and encourage each other as we walk this path You have laid before us. In the Almighty name of Christ Jesus I pray. Amen.

  • We absolutely love that bible. Tiny fingers have been through it so many times it’s starting to fall apart. Reading through it with the kids was the first time I really grasped how Jesus is whispered in every story of the bible. So so so beautiful.

  • With the faith and understanding of babes. Thank you for opening my eyes today!

  • Wow! That was beautiful:)

  • Emmanuel! God with us… Even in our times of despair and feeling alone, we have a God who is King and He has prepared a place for us and cares for us. He is Emmanuel and I am glad He came just to die for me.

  • My prayers and heart go out to you Connie.

  • I feel so loved that even though we are lost our Father still searches for us, and has had a plan in motion for us, even before he made the world. Also, Hope for the return of the redeemer.

  • Thank you God for loving me that much to send your Son to die for my sins. Thank you for the Light that makes those dark paths bright again. I love you Lord.

  • this year for Christmas time, our daughter is almost two. we are reading her the Jesus Storybook Bible Advent reading plan. And yesterday, I wrestled with how we shared the joy of Jesus being born but the terrible sadness of what happened in the garden. it just seemed so contradictory and not consistent with the Christmas story in my head. but as my husband and I talked it out more and told our daughter (in her terms as she played with her nativity scene) it hit me that they HAVE to go together. yes, sin happened and as my daughter says about the serpent in her book he was "not nice". but God had a beautiful Rescue Plan. and Jesus had to be born for that plan to initiate. I've been a Christian for 11 years and it is blessing my socks off to relearn these amazing truths! and to think we're only 3 days in :) this will be a wonderful season of growth for me!

  • Heathervr

    Wow. I stumbled upon this devotional, not only has the message touched me but others witness as well.
    My problems, stress, worries seem to fade as I remember Jesus came for me and you and you and you.
    I hold on to the promise that God has a plan for my life.

  • operastevie

    The Peace that Jesus Brings (I’m going to Germany)
    Since starting YouVersion reading plans I feel so much closer to my Lord. I have known Him for many years but since starting the plans (and am now in 3 of them) I am getting a closeness and a peace that I have not felt before. Today in the plan “She Reads Truth: Advent” it talks about that peace that only Christ can bring and in being in the word more it brings Him into my life more and therefore it brings more peace. I have been seeking confirmation that I am to go on a mission trip with my church to Berlin where a missionary couple from our church is and planning a new church plant. A group is going to pray and worship for the right location, etc. of where and how God wants it done. I have never been on a mission trip and had been thinking I should go somewhere, someday (even though my biggest mission field is family and friends right here at home) because I am now retired and have time. Today’s reading also gave the scripture Matthew 28: 16-20 about going and making disciples of all nations. I feel that this is another confirmation that this scripture coming to me at this very time is that I should firm up my decision to go because this is what the young couple who are already there are doing in obedience to our Lord and they need our support. Thank you Lord that you have called me to this. Help me to be a light, a reflection of you, in this place. Help me to get out of my comfort zone in many areas that going on this trip will help me to do. Amen

  • luanaslade

    I am so humbled and in awe of how amazing and loving God truly is. He wants to bring us back to Him no matter how many times we run away from Him. So many times I think He's against me but that is a lie that have been believing but now I won't. He gives us this hope that brings great joy and now I am seeing the true meaning of Christmas. I love Christmas time but for the wrong reasons. I've always said "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" but never really believed or understood why. Now I know… We need a Savior

  • Heidiliz25

    I needed this so badly. I see that a lot of us needed this. I am 27 and want this children's bible for myself! It's like God speaking to his children, speaking to all of us no matter how young or old we are. We're all God's children and need those comforting words and promises.

  • What a neat way to explain this to a child! It truly lifted my soul. Just started this plan today and caught up. I am hoping to gain wisdom during this advent season that I can share to comfort my mother. She is 49 and just got diagnosed with bladder cancer. She believes, but isn’t strong in her faith. I look forward to this journey together!

  • luanaslade

    I am so humbled and in awe of how amazing and loving God truly is. He wants to bring us back to Him no matter how many times we run away from Him. So many times I think He's against me but that is a lie that have been believing but now I won't. He gives us this hope that brings great joy and now I am seeing the true meaning of Christmas. I love Christmas time but for the wrong reasons. I've always said "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" but never really believed or understood why. Now I know… We need a Savior, I need a Savior. We're struggling with so many things but the true meaning of Christmas is that hope of a Savior. Lord, you are AMAZING!

    • Nicki

      I think the same things, that God is against me. I know in my head that He is not,l but getting it ingrained is a different story. i have to keep telling yself.

  • I am very new on my journey with God and have been looking for a place to learn more about Him and hear how other woman relate to His stories. These three days have opened my mind and my heart so much to the idea that when NOBODY cared for me on Earth, GOD did and still does. These verses are so powerful and the truth is enlightening. The letter to Gods children so emotional and reveals to me all the lies I have told myself about God doesn’t care, he gave me free will and a lot space to find my way to Him and he was watching over me the whole time! God is Good ALWAYS!

  • Stephanie N

    Our family is LOVING the Jesus Storybook Bible. We are reading it through Advent in addition to another craft-focused book called (Truth In The Tinsel – highly recommend this if you have young children). I am beyond thrilled that you posted this because it is like two worlds colliding. I am learning a ton from this Bible for my kids as well as this She Reads Truth study. I love that God knows me so well that he came up with a way to rescue me from my gunk. That Jesus would wipe away my sin and I could know my Maker personally. I love that I serve a God that isn’t thwarted or surprised by what appears to be mess-ups or mistakes. That he is bigger and more in charge than everything and everyone. It’s like when I was little and my mom (single mom) gave me the peace feeling like she had everything together. Now I know she did not but as a child I didn’t worry – mom had it under control. How much more so with my Savior…the one who was there when the world was fashioned (love the use if the word “we/us” at the beginning of Genesis when God is speaking). Thank you for this encouragement!

  • I think one of my favorite things about doing all of the #SheReadsTruth programs is that I not only take joy in what I am reading "being told our savior is coming!", but it also sends my brain to thinking and questioning…

    What did the people of that time think? They didn't have the savior yet…so did they just have to follow the "rules" and hope to get to Heaven?

    The Jews don't believe Jesus was the savior…just a prophet…so do they think the promises of the OT are yet to be fulfilled? How does that work?

    We can rejoice because Jesus came for us!! YAY! But what about those between the prophesies and when Jesus came and died? How were they saved?

    It's all so interesting…and so wonderful…and so…exactly what I need.

  • provs31gal

    AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!! I have been wandering away from God for a very long time. I remember the first time he called me and I ignored him. I will no longer fight him, he has sent his son after me and I will obey and come back to my Father. AMEN!!!

  • Can't help but think of Casting Crowns' song "Glorious Day". <3

  • Recently on my journey with the Lord, the Storybook Bible has been a huge piece of encouragement. Sometimes growing up learning all these stories, I fail to believe like a little child and that book has really helped me see the relationship that I truly desire with the Lord and the faith of a child. So encouraged today simply by the name Emmanuel. God living among us. Amen.

  • I love His promises to me. As a woman, I have had so many promises broken. How wondeful it is that God's promises will NEVER fail me.

  • “…even death is going to die. He will wipe away every tear from every eye.” Praise The Lord! Things may not be good for us right now, but God knows the whole story!

  • Praying for you today!

  • This is so beautiful! It reminds me a lot of Hosea…

    Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt. "In that day," declares the Lord, "you will call me 'my husband'; you will no longer call me 'my master.'…I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord…I will show my love to the one I called 'Not my loved one.' I will say to those called 'Not my people,' 'Youare my people'; and they will say, 'You are my God.' (Hosea 2:14-23)

    We are always wandering from Him, but he always makes a way to bring us back home. Our God is so good!

    • Lois

      All the time! I love that verse! To God be the glory!

    • Meg

      Yes! I agree Thank you for sharing this passage.

    • provs31gal

      I love that scripture Jaime… Notice how he says: " I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. I interpreted that as if he was saying, I'm going to let you go astray and I'm going to take care of you while you are wandering (trying to figure this out on your own) and I'm going to love you. But I will come and get you, you will come back to me! I love it!

    • operastevie

      Thank you for sharing that verse, Jaime. In a ministry I am in we hold up the book of Hosea to show that if our spouse has strayed from us that we are to have the hope that the Lord wants to reveal himself through our actions by staying faithful to them until the Lord brings them home. In the meantime He is our husband and we are to show his love and compassion and faithfulness to our spouse. Only in the strength of the Holy Spirit.

  • The Sign and the closing “Love, God” remind me of these awesome black and white billboards along the highway saying the same thing.
    Another thought: today we use ultrasound or amnio to tell the baby’s gender. In Biblical times, it was by divine revelation

  • I love the Jesus storybook bible (I'm 23) I use it when I teach CCD!! Will def be reading this part to the kids next week!!

  • I love the part of this scripture that says “of the increase of his peace there will be no end” and that its “the ZEAL OF THE LORD that will do this”! Praying that peace that knows no end for you, Connie and Brittany!

  • Kim Graham

    As I read back on the promises given to God’s people of a Savior, I am reminded of how much more we have today than they did. We have Grace. We have the Holy Spirit living within us, comforting and encouraging us. While there is so much trouble in this world, we have great resources given to us as the fulfillment of the promises we read this morning. We no longer have to approach the throne of God through a priest, but we have the amazing gift of His holy presence in each of us through the Spirit, and the right to approach our Father in prayer through the gift of Jesus.
    I know that I have to remind myself that God has already claimed the victory and defeated death. The enemy still causes much pain but the answer is the same, he IS defeated.

  • Beautiful story, beautiful truth, forever our hope.

  • I love this journey of God's promises fulfilled in Christ. A reminder that He is true. He always keeps his promises to us!

  • Brittany

    I've been having several rough, rough weeks and was ready to give up. Then I started this plan and my heart was opened back up. I was mad at God, but now I see how He still loves us, no matter what and how he made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

    Today, I made the decision to truly live my life for the Lord and my heart feels relieved from how heavy it has been. I can see how blessed I (and we) are and I am so grateful.

    It's amazing to learn about the TRUE meaning of Christmas, it's so humbling.

    • beckey

      Lord God. Father, Wonderful Counselor, I pray that Brittany's heart will continue to open to Your truth and find the comfort and healing that can only come through You. In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

    • provs31gal


      I can so relate you have had a rough several weeks and I have had a rough several years. I was so upset with God and I couldn't understand why is he letting me go through all this HELL!! I screamed at Him, I cried, I gave up on Him. Then I realized I can't give up on him because if he had given up on me, I really do not know where I would be. He believes in me and I have to have that same belief as well. I too have decided to live for the Lord and my goodness do I feel so different so so different! Thank you for your post.

    • claire

      Amazing to hear God has opened up his word to you once more. Will be praying for you over the next weeks. He is amazing and will totally transform your life if you let him. I know that its hard when life is rough but he will never let you go x

  • SheReadsTruther, I pray that God’s light will shine through you into the darkness at work and reveal His truth to all those around you. May our Father give you the “peace that passes all understanding” as you go about your day.

    Connie, I prayed Renee’s prayer for you too.

    I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to pray for you ladies today! I so appreciate this study.

  • Lynda Clarke

    Amen….enjoying this!!!

  • SheReadsTruther

    Encouraged today by the truth that my God IS going to return someday. Needed to hear that today, and to be reminded that there is Something bigger that I am living for. I have been experiencing some stress and anxiety and fear at work recently…would so appreciate prayer for me, that I would keep perspective and keep in mind Who it is that truly matters in this life.

    Blessings on you, ladies.

    • Caitlin

      Prayers sent your way for comfort and peace of mind. :)

      Here are some verses that comfort me in times of anxiety. I hope they help you too feel comforted!

      Psalm 94: 18-19
      Mathew 11: 28-30
      John 14:27
      Psalm 118 5-8
      Psalm 34:4

      What ever happens with your work situation I hope you find peace.
      Good luck sister!

  • Wow, thank you for sharing the piece out of the Storybook Bible .. it is so absolutely awesome.. Going to put it in my diary… I would like to share a song by Christy Nockels about our Saviour.. it is called Wonderful…
    Jesus, You are so wonderful. So wonderful in all Your ways.
    The highest praise, is Yours alone. You are so wonderful.
    So wonderful, You are.Jesus, You are so beautiful.
    So beautiful, that You outshine the brightest light.
    There’s no one like You. You are so beautiful.
    So beautiful, You are.And my life will burn for You.
    Cause Your light shined in the darkness.
    I was hopeless and You lifted up my head.
    To sing for joy. With a song that broke the silence of my worship.
    Now I’m singing all the day. And forevermore. You will be adored.
    Cause You are wonderful. Jesus, You are magnificent. Magnificent.
    I’m confident, Your evidence is everywhere.
    Cause You are magnificent. Magnificent, You are.

  • "His mommy will be a young girl who doesn’t have a husband". I suppose it's difficult to convey the virgin birth to a child, but this phrase doesn't just simplify things it minimizes the Incarnation, the overshadowing of Mary by the Holy Spirit. Let's not be too quick to minimize the Mystery, less we dilute and lose the distinctive which is Christ. May we be ever mindful of what God did in Christ for us during this Advent season. And yes, I am grateful for your reminder from the prophet Isaiah that "the Rescuer" was promised…has come…and will come again.

    • provs31gal

      Bishop TD Jakes sermon on Sunday touched on this. This is AWESOME!

  • Prayers for your health this morning.

    When I read Isaiah, I thought, “okay, the Christmas story foretold in the OT.” How predictable of me to assume I wouldn’t get anything else from today’s word because I’ve read that a hundred times.
    So God uses a children’s book to bring me to my knees with waves and waves of emotional release as I truly do believe that Messiah is coming and that Jesus cares about every every precious one of His flock and will come and find us when we lose our way.
    I feel God’s arms wrapped securely round me this morning and so grateful for the Word giving me open eyes and the Comforter giving me sweet assurances and peace.
    God bless you all today. See you tomorrow.

  • Samantha

    I love this way of representing the prophesy. Its so amazing how a different translation, whether a children's translation or adult's can shine a whole new light on a passage.

  • Beautiful and full of hope. Nice timing…liver biopsy day, so I appreciate prayer from my sisters…my God is faithful and has nothing but GOOD in mind for me eternally. I will listen, I will obey, I will follow.

    • A-s

      Prayers are lifting you up throughout today.

    • Grace

      Just prayed for you. I pray you have a miraculous peace and calmness. May you feel God holding you.

    • Renee

      Heavenly Father, may you bless our sister with great calm, and great peace. May she know Your presence with her. May You give her the strength so that for her, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Would she use every single moment of her day today to glorify You in thought word and deed. Bless her and remind her that You use all things. Father God, give Connie's doctors great wisdom and insight. Thank You that she can have the biopsy. We ask You to speak to her tenderly now. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen!

    • SheReadsTruther

      Praying for your circumstance today, Connie. May you be overwhelmed with an awareness of the Spirit's presence with you and around you today.

    • Apryll

      Praying for you today.

    • Jade

      Praying for you Connie!!!

  • The Rescuer will come. I love that. What hope we can have in God’s promises.

  • I love the Jesus Storybook Bible. Best thing I've ever read to my kids.

  • Miss Glenda

    This passage describes beautifully God's Plan for us His children. As I was reading I sensed greater understanding and depth of His Divine LOVE. Praise God

  • This is a lovely passage- a true gift for us to understand what the real Gift is. It's message is so poignant. Thank you for this devotional.

  • CrazyChristianMummy

    Thank you for posting this, I'm going to send this letter out in all my Christmas cards this year. What a brilliant explanation, thank you for sharing.

  • I love Childrens books – as a teacher I read a lot of them! Sometimes the way they put things just makes sense and helps me to come to God with that same awe and wonder and acceptance as a child does! I love all the names Jesus is described as in the passages: Immanuel, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

    My prayer for today is to shine with the light of Immanuel (God with us) in the darkness.

  • Bridgetanne

    I am seeing more and more that the celebration is about His love and sacrifice for us! He is the gift and we should be sharing Him as the gift!

  • Terri V.

    God is faithful, full of mercy, slow to anger…how humble we must be before him…for in his infinite knowledge he sends us Jesus to offer us another chance at salvation. Thank you for Shari.g the excerpt.

  • DammyStarr

    I’m glad to be part of this wonderful family- to know that I’m loved despite the fact I’m not perfect. The conclusion I got from today’s message is God loves me and gave me Jesus in addition to that the Bible is collection of His love notes to me. Above all, He will never fail me. Thank you, She reads crew! You’re an answer to prayers to wanting to know God more. Thank you again and God bless you!

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