Advent 2015: Born Is The King: Day 27

Born Is The King

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Today's Text: Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-7

Text: Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-7

Between the angels, the pregnancy, the wedding, and the census, the theme of the past year for Joseph and Mary seemed to have been about listening to the story of who they were. They weren’t children anymore, but they weren’t quite grownups either. They were somewhere between who they used to be and who they were becoming, and now, the moment had come which would change not only their lives, but the entire course of history.

Pain stabbed at her. Then it happened again, worse this time. And again.

Adam and Eve took the forbidden fruit and one of the consequences of that act of rebellion shot through Mary from head to toe, every few minutes now.

Eventually, as if cresting a ridge, her labor gave way to delivery, and her groaning gave way to the sound of the cries of little lungs drawing in the breath of earth for the first time.

To the wonder of the humble man and relief of the weary woman, they beheld Him who, though He was the Son of God, was every bit a fragile, tiny baby.

Together, Mary and her husband cleaned their child and wrapped His little arms and legs in strips of cloth to keep Him warm. After they laid Him in a manger and finally exhaled, they gave Him the name Jesus. And both remembered why.

The incarnation of the Savior of the world could have come to pass any number of ways. But God, in His infinite wisdom, chose this. He chose this couple for this night in this shelter. This boy, the angel told them, would be the heir to David’s throne. He would be their Wonderful Counselor, their Mighty God, their Everlasting Father, their Prince of Peace. The government would be upon His shoulders (Isaiah 9:2-7).

But there was nothing particularly complex or regal about this moment in the stable outside Bethlehem. There were no heralds in the streets announcing the birth of the King. By all appearances, it was a humble, simple affair, seemingly incidental to everything else going on in David’s town that night. But it wasn’t incidental. It had been God’s plan from the beginning: this King of Kings was “chosen before the foundation of the world” (1 Peter 1:20).

There, on the edge of Bethlehem, a child was born. A Son was given. It was the most significant moment in the history of the world.

The zeal of the Lord Almighty had accomplished this (Isaiah 9:7).

Thanks be to God.

written by Russ Ramsey
adapted from Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative

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  • Kathy C.

    I hear the words, “What child is this,” and behind it rings, “Mary did you know” and I sit in awe that God would love us, love me love any of us enough to not only give up His home in heaven to be born in a dirty barn, laid in a food trough for animals, be subject to the direction and supervision of flawed humans, and eventually be tortured and die for you, for me, for sins we commit almost without thought. That Jesus would, in spite of our thoughtless, apathetic attitude, want us to be with Him reminds me of what is really important. It is not the lights, or the stuff, or the food, it is our time in prayer and in study with the Bible. I never want to lose that thrill, that wonder that is his love.

  • Rochelle

    It’s amazing how, if I don’t put this study first in the morning, the rest of my day does not run on quite the right course. It isn’t that it make things easier, it’s that I can handle things much more appropriately and with peace. When I don’t focus on Jesus, there’s not as much peace in my life. When I focus on the matters of this world, I tend to give in to the chaotic, and I become anxious. Exhausted. Thank you to Jesus; truly the prince of peace in a really, really practical way.

    • Nancy

      Oh, Rochelle, you must have read my mind this morning. I have been lax in doing my devotions and want to blame it on the businesses of the season. My day is so much more stressful when I don’t seek His peace first. I need Him every morning first and foremost. Thanks for the reminder.

    • susan

      My thoughts exactly. My new years resolution is to have my devotion time first, before I click on the weather, news, instagram or any of my other sites. The verse “…seek first the kingdom of God…” is my goal.

    • Carol

      My exact thoughts this morning!!

  • I almost didn’t do this study, but the Holy Spirit urged me. Jesus pushed me into it, as my thoughts and opinions were confused. I didn’t think I’d get much out of it, but man was I wrong. This has rocked my world in the best of ways. As Jesus has been showing me to abide in Him always, it’s given me confirmation that in Him is where I find peace, solace, rest. It has shown me that I need that every single day of my life. This study has opened my eyes to see Jesus and the foreshadowing of Him in so much of the Old Testament, it’s been so awesome to see His word this way. It has also challenged me to remain faithful. To remember Him in all things and know that I must begin and continue to put Him first. That is the only way I will truly abide in Him. I’m so thankful for this community. For this study and for what Jesus has completed for us. Words cannot express what this has done for my life.

    • Kylee

      True that, girl. It’s an every single day thing, & when I fill up on that other “stuff” (things, social media, tv) I NEVER feel restored as I do after time with our savior…so glad you did this advent study, too! Always love reading your take on things :)

  • Those verses are so powerful…
    I was that person walking in the darkness, living in a out of sin but he came to pierce through my darkness so I could live in his light.
    He came to fully release me from the bondage of sin so that I could have to freedom to live for him. No longer does my oppressor have control over me because Jesus defeated him once and for all!
    All of this came from the birth Jesus…

  • As I sit here, in the quiet of the day full of loudness and glee, I ponder at the eternal meaning of these verses. Jesus didn’t just come for one generation or generations two thousand years later; He came for all eternity. His life has saved all mankind whom believe and His reign and salvation will last FOREVER! Never again will we be slaves to sin, for we are all- tired, broken-feeling, and confused as we are- slaves to righteousness! And this adoption into God’s family as His beautiful daughters is our forever hope, our eternal identity! And so even though “Christmas” ended six minutes ago, I praise God will the knowledge that Christ is going to be with me for eternity! Praise the LORD! Oh, how marvelous this is!

  • awesome study! praising the One who has made this study all about Him!

  • Thank you so much! All of you who commented and added to this amazingly eye opening study. I am so appreciative! Bless you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This study was the first thing I woke to each morning! And I have learned so much!

  • The King of the universe is perfect. He’s just, loving, merciful, and full of grace. He doesn’t barter with lesser kings, he can’t be bribed, and he’s not corruptible. He doesn’t just do good — he is good. And today He is here! SO much to rejoice over!

  • Loved this entire devotional! So glad there is one more day!!

  • A light has dawned…

    No matter how dark and difficult your Christmas is today (and it will be for SO many grieving, hurting hearts), we can look back and see the birth of the LIGHT into a dark world and also look ahead to that light coming again to split through the darkness forever and cover the entire world with its glorious, splendid, cleansing light!!!! Rejoice in the hope of Jesus dear sisters!!!

  • Caroline @ In Due Time

    Merry Christmas to all!!!

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

  • Kasey Summers

    Love these verses and this devotional!! Merry CHRISTmas everyone!!

  • “The incarnation of the Savior of the world could have come to pass any number of ways. But God, in His infinite wisdom, chose this.” How can I question anything God has done, is doing or will do in my life? His wisdom is infinite and to come to this world a tiny and fragile baby humbles me to what is most important. Merry Christmas my sweet SRT friends! Prayerful that you are content and joy filled today! Love to you all! ~ B

    • Sierra

      Thank you for your posts! Your faith and wise words are truly inspirational to me!

    • Jena

      So true. We often don’t understand, as His ways are not ours, but He is infinitely wise. Love this perspective of looking at our lives through the eyes of Christ! He’s awesome! Merry Christmas!

  • Praise be to God!

  • Churchmouse

    Advent through SRT shows that God had an on-going “reveal party” throughout the Old Testament – declaring that a baby Boy, His Son, was coming! Today we celebrate that special delivery – of the One Who delivers us! Gloria in excelsis Deo!

  • Merry Christmas!

    But God, in his infinite wisdom chose this. He chose Mary and Joseph. He chose the manger. He chose to have his one and only son come down from his heavenly throne, be born of a woman in order to show his great love for us. That he would stop at nothing to reconcile the world to himself. He would sacrifice the most perfect son there ever was…for us…for me. The perfect lamb was slain to atone for our sins. He is so good

  • I have LOVED this study!!! Been a part of the SRT community for about 14 months and this study has been my Most Favorite!!! Well done ladies. Thank You for a Beautiful Advent study and for opening my eyes this season.

  • My heart is full this morning. Glory from the lowest has been the theme for our pastor’s sermons through advent. What has really struck me over and over through these readings and I have read this advent season is how much preparing the way God did for His son. He gave many confirmations to Mary and Joseph though the circumstances were crazy, He made sure they knew this was all in His plans. To have these shepherds come to worship Him and share their encounter with the angels must have been such a confirmation to Mary and Joseph as they sat in that stable wondering what on earth was going on. How could they be having their baby in this situation!

    My other thoughts through out this study have been on FAITH and Belief. God revealed Himself to those who were already in a posture of belief. Mary showed no doubt once the angel explained everything. “may everything you have said happen” was her response. Joseph acted in faith upon hearing the angel. The shepherds believed this was the messiah right when they heard and acted on their faith not only in going to see this baby but in telling everyone they saw the news of the angels.

    The third thing that has really struck me is how twisted our human perspective is from His. We see physical circumstances. We read these circumstances as saying something about our value as humans. We trust them. Circumstances are our life, but we as humans misinterpret them. God is beyond circumstances. When we have our hope and faith in Him we are filled with JOY and PEACE the go way beyond and way deeper than our circumstances. God sees our situation and sees our heart. In his view we are not sorted by our income, our occupation, where we live, our mental capacity, our skills, etc. He just loves us. When we are living for Him and in Him we can truly face anything without fear.

    I love that He came as a sheep in a humble sheep. He then revealed himself to humble and dirty shepherds. Shepherds who immediately went to seek Him and spread His news to all He saw.

    May I seek Him with all of me and may His love and Light spread to all I meet. May I see beyond human circumstance.

    Merry Christmas ladies!

  • SRT has been such a safe haven for me, and a wonderful road back to the Lord. Even on the busiest of mornings, I read the devotion before I get out of bed. I am always humbled by the wisdom and encouragement of the women who gather here. Ladies, you inspire me. Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas.

  • What a perfect way to wake up this morning! The day of his birth so many times I get so involved in my worries & Fears that I forget He came down for me & for all humanity so we can be saved by his unending grace! that is the most perfect gift this season…Thank you ladies for this forum hope you all have A Merry Christmas & Happy New year SRT

  • He is the better. The theme of this has been so very sweet. Thankful for Jesus being all the more; that He Is better than any and all we can imagine. Praise His holy name.

  • Thanks be to God, indeed! Merry Christmas, sisters!

  • Churchmouse

    Selah = praise, lift up, pause, weigh, ponder. Wow!

  • Churchmouse

    Press “pause.” That’s what SRT does for me every day. With all the multi- tasking I am prone to do, not just at Christmas time but every single day (whew!), I need this break that SRT provides. I get up in the morning and so look forward to my cup of coffee, my open Bible and my SRT community. Thank you for the Scriptures, the meditations, the postings, the study packets. Yes, press pause is greatly needed. I think the biblical word is “selah.” That’s my word for 2016. Selah. To pause and ponder what great things. our God has done and will do. Alongside all of you! Blessings to each and every one of you on this Christmas morn

    • Jami

      Thank you for sharing that, Churchmouse- I hadn’t thought a word of the year important ( in the past they were all about me- rest, eliminate, etc), but you’ve helped me see that a word pointing to God is the way to be grounded and start the year in a right and positive way!

    • Kylee

      Adore this, Churchmouse. SRT is definitely my pause button too, & I’m so grateful for YOU being s part of this community of women who believe, adding your comments and beautiful words to what we’re studying. I always look forward to your point of view! Love from MN to you!!

    • Elisabeth

      This study has been a beautiful and an answered prayer for me. My word for 2015 has been faith and how this study and SRT has been a big part of this focus for me. I always enjoy the insights I find and my day is not right if I haven’t had my SRT time and prayer. I believe my OLW for 2016 is JOY …..

  • Cassie Westgate

    Like a few others, this was the first SRT series I have gone through. I have struggled over time (as most of us do) to faithfully sit and have my quiet time in the Word. Going through this Advent series was just what I needed! Every morning became sweeter and sweeter as my routine to get up before my family became a staple and a treasured time of my day. I saw MY Jesus in so many colors. From Adam to Melchizedek , from Cain to Esther, our Father laid the foundation of a coming Savior so plainly. I had never really seen its beauty until this past month. The scarlet thread (seeing Jesus on every page of the Bible) is weaved from beginning to end in the Word! May we all rejoice today like the angels did that night in heaven. They looked upon the His face as a human child for the first time; like a loving family at a delivery room window! What love has come for us! And what Love will again come from heaven to bring us into eternal bliss! Praise His Holy name!

  • Heather (MNmomma)

    Merry Christmas sweet sisters! I am so thankful and feel so blessed to have grown with you ladies thru this (and all of the other) series…..my eyes and heart have truly been opened and my soul restored. May your days be blessed and Christ’s love envelope us all!!
    BTW – one of my favorite gifts: a new NIV/Message bible :) I have fallen in love with some of the verses that you girls have posted thru the years here and have wanted one for awhile…..super excited to dig in have a new take :) love and hugs to you all!!!

  • Good morning to all you beautiful women across the world and Merry Christmas!

    I am sitting her nursing my two month old daughter as I read this mornings passages and reading. The relatable memory of the pain of labor is still fresh in my mind. Those hours of waiting. The anticipation to see this faceless being inside me that kick me and moves and grooves. A scared husband who may or may not loose his hand from the squeezing while supporting through the pain. These things are still fresh in mind. Oh I can’t imagine what our dear Mary was experiencing, on a donkey, in a stable, in pain. I can just see Joseph intensely pleading with the innkeeper for a place while his wife is moaning or screaming “DON’T YOU STOP THIS DONKEY TILL WE GET TO THE ‘HOSPITAL’ JOSEPH!!”

    But then he was born – LOVE, JOY (exuberant Joy), peace, beauty. The love of a mother! The time had come, he was here. No more pain, waiting and Joseph still had his hand. Oh how I remember at 4:17AM my little Maddison coming -they put her on my stomach and then into my arms. Hospitals or stables that feeling of the heart doesn’t change.

    But, how amplified did Mary feel these things knowing the plan. Knowing this tiny, fragile baby was to save the mankind! Oh my, how my heart leaps to wonder.

    Enjoy your day, girls!

  • Merry Christmas all! So blown away by our great Father’s love!

  • Missy CM

    In Ecuador, we tend to have a midnight (or close to it) dinner to celebrate Nochebuena (literally, the good night) on Christmas Eve. For this gringa, it just means a lot of waiting. But each year it becomes clearer that the waiting is the point. “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices” after a long period of waiting. Yes, I heartily rejoice when the food is finally on the table and we dig in since we´re all weary and hungry, but it´s a beautiful reminder of the fact that this is how the world felt on that night, and God saw it.

    In the Valley of Vision´s Gift of Gifts, I´ll paraphrase the 4 beautiful characteristics they focus on about Christ´s coming near… “Herein is wonder of wonders. Herein is love. Herein is power. Herein is wisdom.” The whole passage is beautiful, but if you need some focus words as you go about today (like I do while I´m waiting for Christmas Eve dinner to keep me focused and not hangry), those may be good ones.
    Merry Christmas!

    • Joy To The World

      I love this Missy! Thank you for sharing! I’m waiting on our kids to wake up. Breakfast in the oven. Gifts and stockings waiting. Herein is wonder of wonders, love, power, wisdom. What a gift we have received!!

  • “The most significant moment in the history of the world.” Merry Christmas, my SRT sisters! May the extravagant love of our Father fill your hearts and homes today!

  • Merry Chritsmas to all my SRT sisters! This advent study has fleshed out the Christmas story like never before, and I am rejoicing this morning as I think of our savior’s humble birth! Praying that each of you, wherever you are, have a peaceful and meaningful Christmas Day.

  • Greatest day in history! Merry Christmas you all!!!

  • I am new to She Reads Truth, this was my first series and am grateful for how it has deepened my relationship with God. The joy of Christmas has been restored for me. Merry Christmas! Any suggestions for a series for the new year?

    • Patti

      Marilyn – this is my first SRT study also. Oh what a blessing it has been. I’ve learned things I have never even THOUGHT about before. My Christmas is so much richer. I’ve already ordered the next study book. Thank you SRT.

    • Stephanie Ware

      Hey Marilyn! In the next few days to a week, they will likely be releasing a New Year plan :) Otherwise, if you’re looking for suggestions, my personal FAVORITE study they have done was from last thanksgiving (2014), called “In Everything Give Thanks”. It’s still available on this app and I read it year-round :) So good!

    • Beth

      The next plan is Genesis starting in the new year… I believe they have already released the books. I signed up for the SRT subscription that saves you money and sends the books as soon as they are released and I already received my Genesis book. Check out the shop or email the SRT team, they are quick to reply.

  • Just wanted to wish you all a merry Christmas! Praying that we know joy, hope and peace as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Love to you all. Xxx

  • Through this advent journey I experienced Christ like I have never experienced him before. Wow. What an incredible gift we were given, the breadth of which is so great it’s hard to take it all in. Thank you God for your son. Thank you for loving us so much. Thank you for this amazing day.

  • I have been looking forward to this day ever since the beginning of this advent series! I can honestly say this advent series made me excited for Christmas in a different way this year. Yes I was excited for the presents, excited to see my family, but mostly I was excited to grow my relationship with God and meditate more on the event that saved us all. Merry Christmas Everyone!

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