Day 3

Christ’s Birth is Prophesied

from the Christ’s Birth is Prophesied reading plan


Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:2-7

BY Hayley Morgan

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

It’s burgundy, worn down in some places, soft and mellow like crust of a holiday pie. The gold foil lettering spells out his name. This Bible was a gift from a pair of Jesus-loving grandparents at the occasion of my husband’s birth, full of hope for his future. Now, more than three decades later, this book thumps with their heartbeat, his heartbeat, and the heartbeat of all God’s people through the ages. It’s the book of Life, rich and layered, offering stories of hope and peace and redemption to all who open it.

I’ve seen that Bible all over the place, in all seasons of our life. It’s been a steady presence, a well-worn and well-trusted touchpoint. We prayed with it in hand while we were dating, and I wondered if one day I’d have gold foil that mirrored his last name. We cried into it when our third son Asher was born gravely ill and with no prior warning. That tattered and aged burgundy Bible has been a character in each scene of our life, its lines always spoken with Hope.

If you’re a Christian—a believer in this upside-down Kingdom and its King who saved the whole world—you already know how the story ends. You already have hope. But, did you know there are little love notes, evidence of the hope of a coming King, all throughout the Bible?

The book of Isaiah is known as one of the most important prophetic books of the Bible. As a new Christian, I was utterly fascinated by the threads that were woven between the Old Testament and the New. The Old Testament was no longer just a set of clunky books filled with rules and lists of kings; it was alive with tiny arrows showing the way to our Savior. Bible scholars believe that Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies written in the Old Testament!

The words of the prophet Isaiah act as a bridge between the Old and New Testaments, the whole book telling of a hope and salvation that man is powerless to create. This is pretty radical considering Isaiah was speaking among a group of people well-versed in how to be “good” according to the law. But tucked into the book of Isaiah is a promise of a coming King who will change everything, who will hold the government on His broad shoulders but will come as a child. It promises hope.

Hope. We see it all through Scripture. But it’s not hope in ourselves or what we can do—it’s hope in the promises of the One who never lets us down. It’s Hope who came as a tiny baby, turning the Old Testament prophecies into realities and making a big, beautiful pile of fresh promises for us to cling to. Like the words in that burgundy Bible, those promises are true for every generation, and the Hope who holds them will never fail.

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169 thoughts on "Christ’s Birth is Prophesied"

  1. Tammy says:

    I have hope; therefore, I have trust. Thank you Lord that your promises are true.

    1. bringbackhisgirls says:

      Amen to that, Tammy. Let our hope be found in Christ Jesus.

      Lord Jesus, I pray that all of us would look to You for hope, and therefore, would trust you. Keep my– keep all of our– eyes fixed upon Your glorious, grace filled face of Peace, Love, and Mercy. May we all fall in love with you, Lord Jesus, and may our hope be sure, growing our trust in You each and every day. I praise You for that, Lord Jesus! We are more than conquerors in Him (Romans 8:37)! Jesus, grant us Your peace and bravery all the more, that we may boldly proclaim our hope in You! In Jesus' name. Amen.

      Your sister,
      AnnaLee

  2. Debbie Sawyer says:

    I love the word Immanuel. God in us, revealed in us. So simply profound. Pondering the thought of such an awesome gift, the gift of Christmas!

  3. Yasmin A. says:

    I love that verse… His names are just so beautiful.

    1. bringbackhisgirls says:

      Praise God for you, Yasmin! This comment got me thinking on each of Jesus' names, and I did a bit of an in depth study on each of His names quoted in Isaiah 9:6 today. To anyone interested in it, here's the link:
      https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oGDA4hbw536bC

      I pray it blesses all of those who read it! Jesus, let us all see you in a new, refreshed, strong light today! May we, in reaction to your good grace, share and spread the news of who You are to a world who needs you! Amen.

      –AnnaLee

  4. Valarie says:

    I love the part in Is.7:14 "and The Lord Himself will give you a sign…" He will make sure we know….He fulfilled the prophecy of His coming once. He will fulfill it again…..and the second time our Hope will be turned to even more rejoicing because He will take us with Him. The Christmas Story doesn't stop at the manger….and I am so thankful!

    1. bringbackhisgirls says:

      Amen! "He will make sure we know…" all things He wants us to know, especially of His second coming. We need to keep that in mind! Heaven is near, and keeping our eyes fixed on it keeps us from becoming complacent, discouraged or selfish! Jesus, keep all of our eyes on You today as we go about our days, realizing just how near You are in every moment, praising You with the gifts and resources you've given us!

    2. SheReadsTruth says:

      I love that too, Valarie!! So reassuring. Thanks for joining us today!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  5. tina says:

    When my life or what I knew as my life, fell apart, with the loss of my daughter,…I struggled to make sense of anything…i argued, I fought ,i lashed out at God.. until one day exhausted, from my rantings I fell asleep, and God showed me a picture of my daughter, and where she was, she was happy, really happy…running through the most welcoming meadow…When I awoke I felt different, something had changed..in me…slowly I began to trust God, in that, He would keep my girl safe until we were together again, I was beginning to hold out my hand that we, God and I would walk together, and that i would trust and follow where he leads..Then my husband left us….again, another shift in life, another change, another heart break..another loss…I was a mess…I remember one day trying to hide my pain, from my children, by being in my room…when the youngest son came in…he could see I'd been crying, asked why I wasn't reading my bible, I told him I was cross with God and that I wasn't going to read it ever again…the promises, were just words…He, my 16 year old son, who is not a follower, yet, said…I,'ll be back, went downstairs, and after a while I could hear worship music…He returned with a cup of tea and said…Right now, let's say the Prayer…'Our father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name….' (have I mentioned how special he is to me…) In the short time, since the loss of his sister, He had seen me constantly with my bible, the only thing that somehow seemed to make sense, Yes, in this upside down life of mine…I had found a HOPE…way back there, in the last pages…that truly my girl and I will be united, that the tears I cry will be wiped away, that the pain of loss will be no more, ….my HOPE was and is built on God's promises, and nothing less, than Jesus Christ unfailing love, that I am assured of, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus name….
    Jesus' birth was prophesied…way way back, when the twenty-first century was but a distant dream….and yet today, how true, that hundreds of years after His death and resurrection, He is still the Wonderful Councillor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…Our hope….Amen…
    .
    My Hope is built on nothing less than…..Jesus Christ….Amen..

    Hoping and praying…you are so blessed today my Sisters…xxx

    1. Candacejo says:

      Beautiful. Your son is a blessing!! ♥

      1. tina says:

        Candacejo, aye that he is…they both are…my boys..they have been through much and yet their hearts are in the right place…and I know one day I will be saying they have given their lives to Jesus …what a day that will be….Amen…sending love your way, dear Sister…xxx

    2. Christine says:

      Thank you for sharing. I’m praying for you this morning Tina xx.

      1. tina says:

        Christine, thank you for your prayers and encouragement…Love to you…xxx

    3. Kelly says:

      Your story brought tears to my eyes. Your son reminds me of my sweet boy. He might not be a follower yet, but he is a messenger in Christ. He asks me about God almost daily, and through his eyes, I am reminded of the blessings the Lord has given me. Your messenger is your son, as is mine. I'll be praying for you, sweet sister.

      1. tina says:

        Kelly I like that….and I'd never thought if it in that way…that my son is and was a messenger of God in my time of need..praying your son keeps asking the questions, and one day thAt he will find the answers through you…bless you my Sister and your son…Thank you…x

    4. April says:

      Weeping over your loss and praising The Lord that He has drawn near to you. Thank you for sharing!

      1. tina says:

        April, thank you…Blessings to you…xxx

    5. Joyjoy says:

      I read your comments almost every day Tina and have for the years I’ve been doing SRT and am blessed to be one of the “sisters” that YOU bless. Tears this morning for you and for the HOPE Jesus has put in your heart for that glorious day. I’ll be praying for your son. Seems like His heart is a tender one. Oh Lord, please reach Him as only You can. Thank you for sharing your story and continuing to be vulnerable and open to Jesus.

      1. tina says:

        Thank you so much Joy, for your encouragement to me…and for the prayer for my beautiful boy….God sure does have a plan for him…Thank you Lord… Blessings dear sister…xxx

    6. Onfaith says:

      What a beautiful picture. I love that although your son wasn't/isn't a believer he understand the importance of the word to you. That alone speaks volumes to your quiet witness to him. ~ B

      1. tina says:

        Oh, B, I pray I am a great witness to my sons….one day at a time….big hug dear heart…xxx

    7. Taime' says:

      Tina, God puts in my mind the mighty man of God that you are raising in your home! And how thankful the beautiful bride God has prepared for him will be to have you as mom in law in her life!

      1. tina says:

        Taime' I had a tear when I read your comment, thank you so much for that encouragement…that's truly special…Thank you…God bless you …xxx

    8. bringbackhisgirls says:

      I am awestruck by the Lord's work in Your life. How His love and power is shown through your pain and struggle is such a witness to all of us, as it is to all others who know your story, as well as to your son. Thank you for being vulnerable, loving, and honest about such tender subjects. You are very loved, and very valuable to the kingdom of Christ our Lord. Be so blessed today as You reflect on the goodness of God. I love you very dearly.

      Your sister,
      AnnaLee

      1. tina says:

        Loving you right back Annalee…Thank you for your consist encouragement… blessings and love to you…xxx

    9. Heather says:

      Teenagers. They make you wonder if you are getting through to them at all. Until you need them to be strong for you. Then, you see what a fantastic job you’re doing and what a strong, Christian example you are. What a little gentleman you have!

    10. Terri says:

      Tina,
      Thank you for sharing your testimony. I am sorry for your loss and hopeful in our God to continue to see you through. May the Lords blessings continue to be upon you.
      With Love,
      Terri

    11. Princess Blue Sky says:

      Tina, Thank you for always writing from the depth of your heart. I love reading your writings, your life journey, and about your family. Today my eyes filled with tears and they rolled down my face as I read your post today. You are in my prayers. Two days ago i attended a funeral for a 2 1/2 year old boy who died suddently from croup. It was heart wrenching to be present and hear the cries of the little boy's mother. May she find that same comfort in Jesus as you have. God bless you sister. *Sky*

    12. Kala Reed says:

      thank you for sharing! your words have touched me deeply, instantly crying. what a light God has formed you to be! Amen! thank you!

    13. brit_ladner says:

      this touched my heart. thank you for sharing.

  6. Cari Jo says:

    Tonight some friends and I were discussing how the Lord is truly good in all circumstances, despite how messy and confusing they may seem. In today’s reading, Hayley writes, “If you’re a Christian—a believer in this upside-down Kingdom and its King who saved the whole world—you already know how the story ends. You already have hope.”
    She goes on to talk about how the Bible is filled with glimpses of this hope, and how amazing it is that we have that to cling to.
    This ending that we know of, the truth that gives us hope and the peace that settles our souls, is one we need to keep in our gaze at all times.
    In the craziness of life, things may seem so far from God’s reach. Situation after situation in lives around you may seem like He isn’t “showing up.” Yet, as hard as it is to go through these times (or walk with others through these times), He still is good. He has been victorious and we have nothing to fear. Praise be to God, who has saved us from the death we so surely deserve.
    Let us meditate on this truth in this advent season!

    1. bringbackhisgirls says:

      "In the craziness of life, things may seem so far from God's reach. Situation after situation in lives around you may seem like He isn't 'showing up.' Yet, as hard as it is to go through these times (or walk with others through these times), He still is good. He has been victorious and we have nothing to fear. Praise be to God, who has saved us from the death we so surely deserve."

      He is victorious. We have nothing to fear. How can He who has given His very son to die not give us all other things that we ask for in His name?
      "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:32, NIV)

      Thank you for this comment, Cari Jo. The Lord is using you. Lord Jesus, bless Cari Jo with the knowledge that in all things, Your Holy presence is unmistakable. Make her completely unafraid, doing Your will with boldness, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). May her joy be complete as she knows within herself that You will NEVER leave her side. I pray this for all of us, Lord Jesus. Amen!

      Your sister in Christ,
      AnnaLee

      1. Cari Jo says:

        Thanks AnnaLee!

  7. arieltiana says:

    For YEARS I viewed the Old Testament as a old stories could not for the life of me understand just how important it is to the New Testament.

    While reading today I realized I no longer hold that^^ view. God has truly revealed so much to me over time and allowed me to see just how wonderfully everything is woven together. I am thankful!

    I am also reminded that in times when I feel the to ask God to "just send me a sign," that He already has. Jesus lived, died, and rose again, ascended to heaven, & will be back again! Really, what bigger sign is there than that?!

    1. Candacejo says:

      Love that! He HAS already given us a sign!! ♥

    2. Beckey says:

      “When I feel the need to ask God to ‘just send me a sign, that He already has”

      Oh, how I love this! I will think of it the next time I am asking God for a sign!

      Beckey
      http://reallyreallyrealhousewives.blogspot.com http://www.etsy.com/shop/queenbsbusywork

    3. tina says:

      Amen…what a perspective…He has already given us a sign…I love that…Amen…

      Arieltiana, thank you…x

    4. Kelly says:

      I love this. Remember the signs that have already been given to us. Such a great thought!

    5. bringbackhisgirls says:

      I needed to hear exactly this today, sister. I asked God to "give me a sign" before reading this devotional, and this was a breath of fresh air mixed with good conviction, that I need no other sign but Him. Praise the Lord for giving you the words to say and speaking through you to so many in such a blessed way. Praise Him, who is both our Sign and our Sign-Giver! Praise you, Jesus! With you we can do all things, through your strength alone (Phil 4:13)! Amen! Jesus, show us Yourself in more and more beautiful ways!

      Be blessed, sister!
      AnnaLee

  8. Shemeva says:

    6 For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
    And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”…. These verses give me goosebumps whenever I read them. How can we not respond? How can so many people still be oblivious to our Lord Jesus at Christmas (or anytime for that matter!) when he fulfills over 300 prophecies from hundreds of years before!! The evidence is all there, we need to be more willing to share it and bring others into the light of the Gospel. Thank you for this encouraging devo that is inspiring us to speak up, reach out, and share our eternal hope with others. x

    1. bringbackhisgirls says:

      Amen Shemeva! The apologetics are unmistakable: Our faith in Christ is not an ignorant faith, but is actually very intelligent and solid as a faith. Thank you, Lord, for giving us so much proof of yourself! "'I tell you,' he replied, 'if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.'" (Luke 19:40, NIV)

      Blessings!
      AnnaLee

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