Advent 2016: Christ Was Born For This: Day 28

The Birth of Jesus

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Today's Text: Luke 2:1-7

Text: Luke 2:1-7

Can this really be it? Is it finally time?

We’ve anticipated this since the beginning. And now, right here in Luke 2, the prophet’s words are fulfilled:

“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end.”
- Isaiah 9:6-7

Caesar issued a decree. Everyone, the entire population of the world, was to return to his home and take part in the census. Joseph was of the lineage of David, echoing God’s promise that the Messiah would be delivered through that bloodline:

“‘The days are coming’—this is the Lord’s declaration—
‘when I will raise up a Righteous Branch of David.
He will reign wisely as king
and administer justice and righteousness in the land.’”
- Jeremiah 23:5

So to Bethlehem they came, Joseph and Mary. Their obedience to the law fulfilled the prophecy:

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.”
- Micah 5:2

It was all ordained. Not one detail a coincidence. The words spoken so long ago come to life and piece themselves together in this passage.

Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem and suddenly, it is time. What was once spoken of only in future tense—“his name shall be called…The days are coming…from you shall come forth”—is now present.

Jesus Christ is born.

Israel had not hoped in vain, nor had Mary believed in vain. The proof is in this newborn baby. Mary wraps Him carefully in cloth and places Him in a manger to sleep, for there is nowhere else for Him to rest. That is no matter, though. The couple has a Son. The Son. He is theirs, and He is ours, too—the hope for all mankind.  

There lies a life ahead for this child that will change the world forever. There will be miracles and disciples, parables and accusations, death and resurrection. But for now, this night, we simply gaze at His face and know. Jesus Christ, our hope, has come. SRT-Advent16-Instagram28s

  • Such beautiful truth to remember on this day. Our hope has come. He always comes. He always will. Always.

  • I am in awe of the contrast just shown me in reading about our Saviours birth. With every baby born to us, in our family, I have a renewed desire to make the world a better place for his future. But Gods son came to make a better world ,both now and forever.
    Joyful, joyful we adore thee.
    Have a blessed day.

  • Yay!!!

  • A thrill of hope!!!

  • Exactly what I wanted to read…. just after midnight. Peace be with you all on this wondrous Christmas Day!

  • “And she gave birth to her firstborn son (Stop. This is God. God – the King of the universe, Creator of all. God is human flesh, as a baby birthed from His mother’s womb. GOD revealed in JESUS – the One who saves.) and wrapped him (God) in swaddling cloths and laid him (God) in a manger because there was no place for them (God and His earthly parents) in the inn”. I hope it is obvious that the words in parentheses are my thoughts. ☺ I find for myself that it can be so easy to forget Who Jesus really is – His majesty and almightiness, God in the flesh. What wonder and awe fill my heart when I think on this and consider His love that He demonstrated by coming to earth as a man knowing what it would cost Him. I am at a loss for words except to praise and worship Jesus. Hallelujah, what a Saviour! Merry Christmas, sisters.

  • LisaMarie

    Merry Christmas, everyone! And thank you for being there for us all, it is amazing to see love and support from like-minded ladies in so many different situations, but coming together in our shared love of Christ.

  • Merry Christmas!

  • Our hope, our Salvation, was born over 2,000 years ago. Because of this hope, we need not live in fear or by legalistic standards- by the Grace of God our hope has come not only to save our souls, but to also build a initmate relationship with us. How my heart rejoices! Because of this baby, because of Gods great love, we are invited to pursue a relationship with him and spend this life in a continual worship that will transform lives. I am in awe this Christmas Eve in a way I have never been before. Merry Christmas to you wonderful ladies.

  • BEHOLD!!!

  • Merry Christmas!

  • Merry Christmas, SRT family! May the hope of Jesus’ birth comfort and inspire you all. Big hugs from Milwaukee!

  • Jesus is the Reason for the Season! Merry Christmas to all of you! I have enjoyed this study so much and have learned so much from all of you here at SRT! Enjoy your families. I’m blessed to have a godly mother who is our only living parent between my husband and I. It’s a cold frosty 36 degrees but I’m off on a run and to enjoy beautiful Christmas music.

  • “For now, this night, we simply gaze at His face and know. Jesus Christ, our hope, has come.” Praise the Father on high for He has kept His promises, He has fulfilled His prophecies, He has done the thing we couldn’t have asked for. Yet, here we are. Gazing at this child of God, in rags, in the darkest of nights. In lowliness He comes, our Forever Light. Thank you, Jesus! May we fix our thoughts on You, our best friend, this day and night.

    Thank you also, Andrea, for a wonderful commentary!

  • This Advent study. So so good. Thank you SRT. Wishing all a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year!

  • Merry Christmas SRT! Let earth receive her King!! today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Celebrating with thankfulness, and sacrifices of praise. The hope of man has come! God make yourself known to more this season. Let others see you! the hope of glory, the son of God, the Word made flesh, Christ’s humility and outrageous love! Thank you Jesus for receiving us, and wayward sons and daughters. We render to you our hearts, not just our garments. You are alive and reigning today. you are trustworthy. all your promises are Yes and Amen in Jesus. Praise forever!

  • Amen, yes sisters what a wonderful advent study. Thank you all for your comments it made it that much better. I pray also as I go out today and everyday I share Jesus. Merry Christmas!

  • Skigranny1

    I also want to thank you SRT for this study and all the time you put in to help us grow and see our Lord in new ways. And thank all of you sisters for sharing your amazing insight and comments. This group is so delightful, and I love adding those needing prayer daily to my list. Have a wonderful, blessed and awe filled Christmas!

  • I would like to add I’m 29 with no husband and no kids – though I would like to have a family of my own. Today especially, Jesus is my baby too. And how I delight in this little one’s birth.

    • Lara

      I love your comment! So very honest and not an easy thing to say. It’s easier to get bitter when the things you’d like to have in this life are not happening for you. I am encouraged by what you write! Yes, Jesus is your baby too. And mine. And nobody is without child today.
      Makes me realize too that the Bible points to Jesus and to God as our spouse, our brother, our father… He is everything we need and more.
      Merry Christmas to all of you! And especially to you Lana! May you find joy in your awesome newborn baby! May He grow up in you and be everything your heart desires! ❤

      • Lana

        Amen, Lara. Thank you for your words. I see the infant Jesus as the embodiment of hope. A hope for a life well lived, well loved, and full of grace. To be pregnant with hope and love, then to give life to this hope and love – what an experience! Sometimes the best blessings are the unexpected ones. I think Mary showed us this. And I’m so happy to see the beautiful things to come for all of us in 2017.

  • C Gunckel

    Was Mary a relative of Joseph and where is it in scripture if so?

    • Sarah W

      According to the genealogy chart in my Bible, both Mary and Joseph can be traced back to King David. So yes, they are related, albeit distantly.

  • May I learn to rest in my gratefulness for him today. Learn to be quiet and obedient like Zechariah. Learn to be filled by the Holy Spirit like Elizabeth. Learn to be a favored woman of faith like Mary. May I feel grateful for all the obedient people that helped make the miracle of Jesus possible. May this love and appreciation for them and this little baby run deep in my soul today and forever. Amen.

    Merry Christmas, SRT sisters!!! Thank you for this wonderful advent. Thank you for bringing much needed nourishment to my spirit. I’m so grateful for all of you.

  • Merry Christmas sisters! May God bless you all.

  • Praying this prayer throughout today ‘Lord, help me to see Your Hand in all that comes my way. Help me to trust that even this is in your plan. Remind me that your plan is always for my good. Let my eyes be open to see the miracle. May I always make room for You.’ Thank you Churchmouse. Also praying I can testify to many family and friends around me today…with my actions, with my words….fill me up Holy Spirit.

  • Merry Christmas!! ❤

  • I have really enjoyed this study! Thank you SRT for putting it together. Merry Christmas to you all! I pray you all have a restful and family filled Christmas!

  • That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown, and everyone! Loved this study! Merry Christmas!

  • LesleyRyden

    What struck me this morning was verse 7: “And she gave birth to her firstborn son….” We obviously know that it was a man who penned those words because we women like to share our birth stories in detail, don’t we? We share times, and contractions, and centimeters dilated, and pounds, and ounces, and centimeters…. But here we have 9 months (and eternity) of waiting, and probably countless hours of labor and pain summed up in these short words- she gave birth to her firstborn son. Maybe the humanity of it just strikes me anew today… all babies come the same way… those who were prayed for for years and those who were very unexpected, those who will be loved well and those who will be tossed aside, those who will do great things one day and those who will destroy lives… for centuries. Forever. And so Jesus, our Savior, came into the world in the same ugly, ordinary, messy way. I just really love this aspect of it this morning and I wish I could swap birth stories with Mary! I’ve had my share of adventure in that area but her stable birth wins hands down!!! Merry Christmas sisters! http://www.awordthatmatters.com

    • Megan Craig

      I love this reminder. I was thinking something similar – wishing the labor part were longer so I could really engage and experience the suspense of having the baby. Maybe it’s because I’m 8.5 mo pregnant myself! Haha. But quietly, messily, unceremoniously our Savior entered our world. What a kind God to set aside glory this way! What an amazing God to know this was the only way to save us! What a gracious God to pour Himself out for us! Merry Christmas, Lesley and everyone!

    • Linda Ruth Ciglen

      Twenty-two years ago on Christmas Eve, I had a newborn. Yes, even 22 years later, those stories and adventures with labour and the miracle of my baby’s birth never get old. It was really my baby’s birth that galvanized my faith – I went to a church Christmas pageant and cried all the way through it! Who but God would send His Son, saviour of the world, as a BABY???!!!! Amazed then and still amazed now! Merry Christmas to all!

  • Tricia Cavanaugh

    Hallelujah! I’m so happy that Jesus was born, so grateful for God’s gift this Christmas. Merry Christmas my dear sisters! May God give you a peace that only he can give. ❤️

  • Sonja Cox

    Beautiful words of life! “For unto us a child is born…” Isaiah 9:6 – thank you SRT! Beautiful advent study!! Thanking God for all His promises to us that are true in Christ! Merry Christmas ♥️

  • This has been a beautiful advent study. Thank you, SRT, and Merry Christmas to the SRT community! “Jesus Christ, our hope, has come.”

  • Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of photographing a newborn baby boy. This little guy was so perfect. A couple of times, as I was positioning him, his teeny body in my hands, my head thought to Mary, as his beautiful Momma sat next to me beaming with love and awe. I admired this baby knowing that the sweet boy I held, wasn’t any different than our Savior. Mary must have sat just like this Mom, tired but smiling. I imagine the wait of the prior months and the knowledge of the weight on his shoulders melted away as she became enamored with the physical presence of her new baby. Something amazing happens with a new baby and it is as if the world stands still. My heart was reminded of the love that surrounded the birth of Christ, both a heavenly and very human sort. A love, that like my sweet subject yesterday, came into the world unassumingly. The sweet face of a teeny newborn; hope incarnate, mercy incarnate, love incarnate. Merry Christmas, friends. May you find peace and feel unbelievable love today as we rest our eyes on Christ!

  • “Israel had not hoped in vain, nor had Mary believed in vain”. They had waited in anticipation for so long, and now “what was once spoken of in future tense is now present”. We gaze at this babe, knowing that in Him, God has stayed true to His promises in every. single. detail. Evidence of His faithfulness. And we can know that we can know that we can KNOW that He is good to come through again. Every. Single. Time. Israel’s waiting was not done in vain. And ours isn’t either. Just as they were waiting for the Messiah to come, so too we are waiting for Him to come once again. And as we look in the tiny babe this Christmas, we can KNOW that just as He fulfilled His promises so many years ago, so too will He fulfill them again.

    Merry Christmas!!

  • Amen! Merry Christmas, ladies!

  • churchmouse

    The decree came at the worse possible time for Joseph and Mary. This would be a hardship. And it was so inconvenient! They had to go up to be registered. How annoying. Really. Caesar Augustus demands another census? Ugh. Yet from this annoying, inconvenient and difficult decree came forth the greatest gift, the biggest blessing, the promise delivered. Forgive me Father God for getting my bowels in an uproar when things don’t go my way. Forgive me for the eye rolling and the pouting when I am inconvenienced. Forgive me for the complaining when things are hard. Lord, help me to see Your Hand in all that comes my way. Help me to trust that even this is in your plan. Remind me that your plan is always for my good. Let my eyes be open to see the miracle. May I always make room for You.

    • Becky

      Amen!

    • Lana

      Amen!!!

    • valerie

      yes!
      i too need forgiveness and help in all of those areas!
      i am in the battle zone of raising teenagers right now and feel like i am losing the war.
      your words have reminded me of what i already know to be true but often get pushed aside.
      thank you for your words of wisdom today and everyday!

    • Carly

      I love this sentence…”Help me to trust that even this is in your plan.” Lord your timing is perfect.

  • And all the people said Amen. Merry Christmas!

  • Our hope has come. That says it all. This study was perfect, thank you SRT for being such a blessing to us all. Merry Christmas everyone!

  • I have loved this study. ❤ Merry Christmas! May joy and peace abide with you all as we celebrate His birth today and throughout the coming new year!

  • “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭1:23‬ ‭. Yes, God IS with us. Amen

  • “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:8-14)
    Sisters, I wish you peace and good will toward men on this day of wonder! Merry Christmas!

  • Kelly R Smith

    “What was once spoken of in future tense is now present.” Amen! This is true of all God’s promises. Every promise foretold in Scripture is coming true. We can have confidence, even in the darkest of nights, that the Light of the world still shines. His birth confirms the hope of the prophets and serves as a foundation for the letters of the Apostles. Jesus Christ is born! Hallelujah! Merry Christmas, Sisters!

  • Christina

    My prayer is that I allow the birth of this Babe inform every decision, word, action of this day; that I forget about the push to be more in the eyes of some and simply rest in Him; that I not take for granted that I’ve been given new eyes to see my great need of this Baby; and that this Christmas would not be “business as usual,” but would be full of the sober and exultant wonder that is the salvation sent for me. Merry Christmas to all!

    • Kelli

      So well said, Christina. This, too, is my prayer for the next few days of celebrating Christmas. May it never again be “business as usual.” Merry Christmas!

    • Lana

      These words were much needed. Thanks, Christina and Merry Christmas!

    • Melissa

      Wonderful prayer Christina! My heart echoes that same prayer. Merry Christmas to all! What a joy to celebrate Advent with you all!!

  • Merry Christmas!

  • There lies a life ahead for this child that will change the world forever. There will be miracles and disciples, parables and accusations, death and resurrection. But for now, this night, we simply gaze at His face and know. Jesus Christ, our hope, has come….

    I don’t know why, but these words had tears running down my face….

    What truth you speak Andrea, the anticipation… the wait…, and finally here we are…the arrival of that bundle, wrapped in swaddling cloth, and laying in a manger…., the game changer, the life changer, the greatest gift for all mankind…..doesn’t matter your creed, colour, race, this tiny baby, this 7lb baby (guessing), has come to change our lives…This wonderful Councellor, this Mighty God, this Everlasting Father, this Prince of Peace…

    All praise and Glory to the God who loves us so much, no matter what, to give us His only begotten Son….
    Tears are rolling freely now at the Truth that this baby, this baby Cheesus, as my granddaughter would say, has come, that I, we, those we love and beyond, might have the good life God has planned for us…

    I, for one am rejoicing, and will be this night because Jesus Christ, the hope of the world has come….!

    Sending out a whole heap of love and hugs to you all…Merry Christmas!

  • ♡ blessed Christmas eve/Christmas day as we remember this amazing event, forever thankful for you Lord.

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