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Advent 2015: Born Is The King: Day 23

Jesus Is The Promised One

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Today's Text: Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 16:5, Micah 5:2, Galatians 4:4-7, 1 Peter 1:20-21

Text: Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 16:5, Micah 5:2, Galatians 4:4-7, 1 Peter 1:20-21

Since Adam and Eve ate the fruit God told them not to, every generation has groaned with the pains of childbirth, longing to be delivered from the effects of their first parents’ fall (Romans 8:22). And now, our deliverer has come. He is the hero of our story, the perfect spotless lamb sent to adorn the doorposts of our hearts with His own blood (1 Peter 1:17–21, Exodus 12:22).

He is the descendant from Eve sent to crush the head of the deceiver (Genesis 3:15). He is Isaac’s ram caught in the thicket, God’s perfectly timed provision of a substitute (Genesis 22:13). He is the heir of Abraham’s line—born by a miracle and filling the world with laughter (Genesis 22:18).

He gave Jacob the gracious gift of a limp to remind him of his weakness (Genesis 32:25). He is the new Joseph, the forgotten brother, unrecognizable in a foreign land (Genesis 42:8, John 1:11), though He alone possesses the resources needed to satisfy our spiritual famine.

He is our new Moses, sent by God to deliver us from the land of our slavery into our promised inheritance (Exodus 3:7–10). He doesn’t just deliver God’s Law to us (Exodus 34:29), He fulfills it on our behalf—perfectly (Matthew 5:17).

He is the faultless judge who rescues His people from our own waywardness (Judges 2:17, 2 Corinthians 3:4–6). He does what no other judge is able to do—He takes our hearts of stone and gives us hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 11:19).

He is the King the Lord promised to David, a ruler from his own body whose Kingdom the Lord would establish forever, ancient and strong (2 Samuel 7:12). He has courage deeper than David (Luke 6:1–5), wisdom greater than Solomon (Luke 11:31), and faith firmer than Elijah (Matthew 4:1–11). He is the remnant growing beneath the smoldering ruins of Judah, the Son to be given, the child to be born (Isaiah 9:6).

He is Immanuel—God with His people (Isaiah 6:13).

Where there is despair, He brings hope. Where there is brokenness, He brings healing. Where there is sadness, He brings joy. Where there is bondage, He sets people free.

The people of His day had grown up with the stories of Immanuel’s coming. They had heard the prophets implore them to listen, but seeing, they did not see, and hearing, they did not hear, nor did they understand (Matthew 13:13).

But who could blame them? Jesus grew up like a young plant, like a root out of dry ground with nothing in His form—no majesty or beauty—that would lead anyone to desire Him (Isaiah 53:1–3). No one could know by looking at Him that He had come to bear their grief and carry their sorrows. The days ahead for Him would bring suffering so great that people would consider Him stricken by God and afflicted.

But the purpose of this suffering was what pleased the Father. He would be wounded for our transgressions. He would be crushed for our iniquities. Upon Him would be laid the punishment that would bring His people peace, and by His wounds we would be healed (Romans 5:1, Hebrews 9:22, Isaiah 53:4–5).

Like sheep, every last man, woman, and child has gone astray, each turning to their own way. So the Father sent His Son and laid on Him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6–7).

Under unjust allegations, Jesus was betrayed, arrested, tried, and put to death as a criminal. But death could not hold Him. He had done no wrong, so He owed it no wage. Jesus was never the victim of men; it was the will of His Father to crush Him. It was God who put Him through such grief to bear the iniquities of His people, making many unrighteous men righteous (Isaiah 53:8–12).

No one took His life from Him. He laid it down, and He took it up again, claiming victory over the grave (John 10:18).

All of this required a birth.

written by Russ Ramsey
adapted from Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative SRT-Advent15-instagram23s

  • I think the reference to the portion of Immanuel is wrong, I think it’s Isaiah 7:14, not 6:13… I could be wrong but it doesn’t talk about Immanuel in Isaiah 6:13. Just thought anyone else looking up the verse might be confused too and want to know where it is. :) I’ve been blessed by this devotion as I’m spending this advent season in China, where Christmas isn’t celebrated and His joy is unknown by many. Thank you all! :)

  • “You. Are. All. I. Need. You are strength, never failing…” The Dara Maclean song plays in the background, a steady beat for my heart to process all of this. He always is. He always was. He always will be. Nothing I can do will undo what He’s done. Nothing I can say can redact His word — His is THE FINAL word! Death has been defeated, sin HAS NOT overcome. Our God has had a plan all along! Our hearts can rest in His foresight and goodness! For He thought of us, before we were even a thought to conceive…And I’m so thankful!

    • Hannah

      Oh my, yes yes yes! Nothing we do will ever make His grace more or make it less. Echoing the last words of Christ, “It is finished.” FINISHED! And this is all because of Jesus. And now we get to live in Him, serve with Him, and have joy because of Him!

  • He is Immanuel—God with His people (Isaiah 6:13).

    Where there is despair, He brings hope. Where there is brokenness, He brings healing. Where there is sadness, He brings joy. Where there is bondage, He sets people free…

    I’ve come late to the table…forgive me.. but I have to say what struck me as I read these words….
    Immanuel..God with us…(and not just for Christmas)…for always and forever…

    So here’s, the thing…as I read the following words, I had a light bulb on moment…don’t get me wrong I have known God is with me, through my thick and thin times, but today there was a shift in that thought, and it was this..
    Where there is despair, He brings hope….He is the hope… Where there is brokenness, He brings healing…He is the healing… Where there is sadness, He brings joy. He is the joy… Where there is bondage, He sets people free…He is the freedom….but most of all, He is right there, in there being, seeing doing, feeling, alongside us, because through it all ….Immanuel…God with us….
    Wow..What a revelation…this morning…
    Thank you Lord God, for this revelation, that you are with us, no matter what…and that your promises to us are as true today as they were way back when…Thank you Lord God for your faithfulness, your goodness and kindness to one so undeserving, thank you Lord God, thank you..xx

    Blessings..to all..xx

    • Milly

      Ooh girl, you’re gonna make me cry right here thinking about it!

  • AshleyAylsworth

    Wow this has to be one of the most beautiful devotions! Praise to Him!

  • Sarah Beth White

    In tears as, yet again, I am reminded of the incredible love of God. Alleluia, what a Savior.

  • Beth Almeida

    I have said a million times that Jesus was murdered and, in a way, He was. The people responsible for His crucifixion didn’t know that they were being allowed to do it because it was God’s will. Jesus’ sweet body was crushed and broken for me, for my family, even all those years ago. I loved this writing and wish I knew who wrote it so I could tell them that this broke my heart! I pray, I read the Bible & I spend a lot of time in my day contemplating the things of God. I KNEW all of this but it was written so beautifully it brought it all back to me afresh. Thank you. I would love to know how to become a guest writer for SRT as well.

  • What a wonderful reading! What a blessed Savior!

  • He truly is the Hero of our stories. Today and every single day. Rejoicing in that today!

  • Churchmouse

    God’s goodness and generosity are just too much! Too much to comprehend. I’m silenced by the persistence of His plan to prove His love for me, so beautifully delineated in today’s devotion. No words to adequately express my gratitude. Jesus is just too much. And Jesus is more than enough.

  • I LOVED this series so much!!! I so loved that you all brought to life the old testament and shown light on the fact that, though He was yet to be born physically, it REALLY is still ALL about Jesus! SO AMAZING!!
    do any of my SRT sisters know of an activity/reading/game my husband and I can do with our nieces and nephew this Christmas that will help us all think on what Christmas is really about? thanks in advance! <3

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Drea! It’s such a joy to have you here. Praying you have a blessed Christmas!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

    • Jess

      Try “Truth in the Tinsel” I have friends who do it every year with their kids :)

  • When my mind tries to comprehend all that our Lord has done for me I am quickly overwhelmed by His great love and compassion; I cannot take it all in……….so I say HALLELUJAH, AMEN! My heart sings His praise!

  • I’ve had plenty of sleepless nights lately, and am glad when what comes to mind are lessons learned from SRT and my own time in the Word. One thought:

    In the OT, God repeatedly says of towns or people groups (who have turned away from Him) something like, “your name will be a curse and a byword.” And it struck me that I’ve never heard anyone use those names as a curse. They use the name of Jesus. All the time. How many times did I, in my ignorant past, use the name of Jesus as a curse? Our own names will not be used that way because His is. I am filled with shame and at the same time, overwhelmed with thankfulness because this too He has removed from our shoulders and taken on Himself. Thank you, Lord.

    • Trisha C

      Wow Bonnie! What beautiful insight!!! What a precious Savior we have to even take our curses upon himself! I thank Him for loving one such as I and for revealing His love to me. May we continue to grow in this love and reflect it to all around us!

  • I do not know what to say. I do not know how to put into words such a joy and fullness that Christ brings. For though we all despised God and slandered His name, He has come! And this was the plan all along! Sin wasn’t a curveball, it was part of the Story of grace that God writes on this world. Before He even created the universe, He knew that He would die for it. And He created us still. And He came. And He died. And He lives!

    We are His daughters! Oh how marvelous! This is an eternal joy, an everlasting role for us in God’s Story. And this is my heart today. Galatians 4 brought me to tears today, tears of gratitude and fullness in Christ’s coming. All of the scriptures and the beautiful words written above spoke to my heart so much, and from deep gratitude I thank SRT for such a Christ-centered study that makes me so excited for Christmas for all of the right reasons!

    • She Reads Truth

      Love this so much, Hannah! Thanks for sharing joy with us today :)

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • LizzieB85

    I prayed before starting my time with God that I would just rest in His peace this morning. After a half hour of interrupted prayer & scripture reading (crying baby won’t nap) I finally got to the devotion portion. Oh there is so much truth in this devo!!!! So many direct quotes from the Word! I am basking in them! In the truths about Jesus listed before me– I am speechless in wonder & praise! Simply: thank you Father. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • Hannah

      I understand you completely! (except for the baby part, me being in college.) Such an awe-inspiring day of scripture!

  • Galatians 4:4 is my favorite part: “But when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son…” The timing. It’s perfect. It’s always perfect.

    • Hannah

      Amen! God write this beautiful love Story and had it all planned out for His glory and our provision!

  • heatherdh

    Its an anxious time, the days leading up to Christmas. I get a daily phone call from my mom, worried about this, that and the other…often things not worth worrying about, and u can usually talk her down but it just so tiring!!! I know I can take these things to my Wonderful Counselor, and I pray I remember to do so, and to release expectations I have of others. To focus on love, compassion and Jesus who is the perfect example!

  • Beverly

    I love how the writer writes: “But the purpose of this suffering was what pleased the Father.”
    The purpose pleased the Father. The very thought brought a wave of comfort and peace to me. It’s often so easy to get wrapped up in the negative nature of circumstances (suffering, hurt, pain, loss, etc) focusing solely on what is on the surface, what we can see. When I get weighed down by my circumstances, I lose focus of the Lord. Yet if I stayed focus on Him – trusting Him – I might have eyes to see beyond the visible to His ‘invisible’ workings.
    Because God is so much more concerned with the purpose. The growth. The heart changes produced by the suffering, the hurt, the uncomfortable circumstances. These changes that make room for His glory and please Him.
    Jesus is the perfect example of being steadfast and focused on God’s greater purposes and will. Even in the suffering, He trusted unswervingly. He was the promised One and fulfilled God’s redemptive promise to His people. And God was pleased (Col 1:19-20). Thank you, Lord!
    May my faith be ever so full of trust in God’s unseen purposes. May I find His favor above all. May I remain focused on the Lord, following Him and His ways. Resting in Immanuel, God with me.

    • Jena

      Beverly – love your take on this. I have been seeing this in my life currently and I am learning moment by moment, day by day, that my trust is in Jesus. I know that He will provide, take care, and His purpose is what is pleasing. As I ask Him to live a life unto Him, I know it may not always look good, but He is always, ALWAYS, good. Thanks for your encouraging post!

    • Hannah

      Yes! I’ve been thinking a lot about keeping our eyes on Jesus, for only then can we truly see!

  • Praying Sarah for your father and your family. Immanuel -God with us

  • Sarah- praying for your dad. My dad has had that done as well. Peace for your family!

    • Sarah Roupas

      Thank you so much. It’s hard! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

  • Sarah Roupas

    Everyone could I ask for your prayers for my father this morning? He is going to the hospital this morning to get his heart re shocked for the 5th time in his life.

  • AMEN!!

  • Needed this today…. Thank you. Immanuel. God With Us.

  • Love how this tied everything together. All the old testament characters are part of the story, but God (Jesus) is the ultimate Savior.

  • Caroline @ In Due Time

    So much yes “Where there is despair, He brings hope. Where there is brokenness, He brings healing. Where there is sadness, He brings joy. Where there is bondage, He sets people free.”

    Amen!
    http://www.in-due-time.com

  • Christina D.

    6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”
    Two most beautiful names today…Abba and Immanuel. I woke up this morning feeling empty and anxious…my husband next to me but still feeling alone. This verse in particular reminds me that God sent me a spirit to cry out for my Abba, Father. The longing for a savior ultimately still comes from God. How humbling to remember that my emptiness is a place to be filled with His presence, His holiness, His peace. And in that, Immanuel. This was a punch to the gut (in the best way possible) that He is WITH me today. A name I’ve repeated and sang probably hundreds of times but was true refreshment to my soul today. I have no need or fear to great for my Immanuel. God with His people–that means all of us. The anticipation this reading awakened in me has me so excited for remembering and celebrating the birth of Christ. Thank you Lord…You are with me today. My Immanuel. My Abba.

  • Amazing Love!!

  • Sorry. I have to make one small correction to the devotional part today. The writer states that Adam and Eve ate what God said not to touch. That statement is incorrect. He never told them they couldn’t touch only that they couldn’t eat of that tree. See Genesis 2:17. (I realize the writer is simply repeating what Eve spoke.) But when Satan and Eve began their conversation, Eve is the one who exaggerated the words of God saying they couldn’t even touch it. Since the beginning of creation, Satan has been attacking and twisting truth so we get confused about what God really said. When we twist the truth of Scripture it always leads to sin. We see this taking place all over our world today. It usually starts with the same principal that God is withholding something good from us. And so we twist God’s Word saying surely he didn’t mean that, surely that no longer applies. We twist His Word and thereby His character to make a god of our own choosing. Dangerous stuff my sisters. Just as for Adam and Eve, God’s Word is there to protect us and guide us, to give us life, and to make sure nothing breaks our fellowship with our holy God. Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sin and to restore us to the Father. He is the one who gives us life when we put our trust in Him and His work on the cross. But for as long as we are on this earth we must still be careful. Satan still wants to confuse us. He wants to twist Scripture in our minds. He wants us to doubt God’s Word and God’s character. Not that we will lose our salvation for we are saved by faith and that is a gift of God. But Satan is happy if we lose our effectiveness as believers. And truly there are some who will miss God’s salvation when well-minded individuals steer them in the wrong direction. Let us be clear-minded and diligent about the accuracy of Scripture. For “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour.” Peace and blessings to reach of you as we celebrate the birth of our Deliverer and King Lord Jesus.

    • Dianne

      Thank you for pointing that out. It is important to not have God’s word misquoted or misrepresented – intentional or not.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Joni,
      Thanks for sharing your concern. We’ve removed the word “touch” so as not the cause confusion or distract from the greater point of the piece. Glad to have you reading along with us.

      xoxo-The SRT Team

  • Beautiful reading.

    • She Reads Truth

      Thanks for joining us, Jamie! We love having you in our community!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Beloved

    What a beautiful reminder of Immanuel, God with us from the beginning to the very end. Thank you for today’s reading.

  • I LOVE BTLOG! I’ve been reading it for my evening advent readings (with advent candle lighting), and it’s been fun to see how the SRT and BTLOG of readings for the day line up. This might be my favorite SRT series so far–because of the interplay of the two different readings. I absolutely love watching Jesus’ story unfold in Scripture. English teachers should be using these passages as prime examples of foreshadowing. (You can totally teach the Bible in public school if you’re using it as literature–what’s more literary than foreshadowing!)

  • Haileyblackmer

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. John 1:1-2.

    WORD=Jesus Christ, our Lord of Lord and King of Kings our Immanuel. I am beyond thankful for my savior❤️

  • What I’ve been realizing through this study, whether or not it was your intent, is that there are numerous promises – yes promises – that are for me but I shake my head at them and figure “they’ll apply to me when I reach some further state of perfection”.
    You have challenged me to repent of that thinking. In the new year my intent is to stop every time I hear a promise and to meditate upon it, repent of any discounting of it for me personally, and to try to be washed by it and dwell in it until my thinking comes in line with that truth.
    Thank you for shining His light onto the disbelief in my life after 25 years of pursuing Him.

    • She Reads Truth

      Cindy, this is so beautiful! Thankful for the reminder to meditate on His promises!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Whoa!!!!

  • Heather Clement

    Immanuel… God with us. A common phrase this time of year, but what does it really look like? I love this:

    “Where there is despair, He brings hope. Where there is brokenness, He brings healing. Where there is sadness, He brings joy. Where there is bondage, He sets people free.”

    I have friends who are struggling with some serious stuff right now, and I know that sometimes what should be a joyous occasion (Christmas) is riddled with other things… pain, sadness, stress. Know this… wherever you are, whatever you’re facing today – you are not alone. That is the promise of Immanuel. I’m so grateful.

    Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” (Matthew 1:22-23) #shereadstruth

  • Jeannette

    This has been such a fantastic study thus far! I have learned so much in the past 3 weeks. Thank you. Today’s study was very eye opening.

  • Jesus is the true and better …. this has been a fantastic series and I have truly enjoyed it. The OT is so underused these days and I am grateful you were able to share it in a new way that would open it up for others. As I go through the days I am prayerful that I remember these lessons, that I remember Jesus IS the true and better in all things, that no matter what is on my plate or in my season I look to Jesus. That in this world, as we have loved ones or friends battling depression, disease, addiction, ruin, loss, we help them to know that Jesus is the answer each time. He is the true and better companion; He is the true and better comfort; He is the true and better escape; He is the true and better solution, He is the true and better peace, the true and better Everything.

    So thankful to be alongside you wonderful women in these studies. Lifting you all up. ~ B

  • Lys-in-RO

    The Word was with God in the beginning.
    It’s as if the whole Old Testament was ringing out the echo of what was to come: the true “Sound” of redemption, that is God with us!

  • Amen!!

  • As I have read these lessons I am so aware of one main fact. Not only is Jesus the better everything. Jesus makes me better in everything

  • candacejo

    This lesson was just like a super fast and condensed version of the entire Bible! From Adam to the Cross, The Word of God truly unfolds the greatest story ever told. It was all about Jesus from the beginning; the true and better EVERYTHING and ALL in ALL. So thankful we are aware of this Christmas foundation, the only reason for the season, our Savior, Emmanuel, God with us, the Hope of Glory. ♥

    (A warm “thank you” to all of you for your prayers and notes of encouragement while we were in Haiti. We appreciated the prayer covering!)

  • Carly B

    Thank you for this series. I have learned a lot about the links between the Old Testament and Jesus over the last few weeks and I love how today’s reading ties it all together. So many parallels and so many promises fulfilled in him.
    I also like how it links the Christmas story with what was to come- that in order for him to die for our sin the first step was for him to come as a human- and that it was just one part of God’s bigger plan.

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