Christmas Day

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Isaiah 2:2-3, Jeremiah 31:15-17; Matthew 2:1-23, Hebrews 1:1-3

Born a Child, and Yet a King Day 29

When we peer into the manger of a nativity scene, we look at much more than a baby. We behold the King of all kings who sets our sin-imprisoned hearts free with all the authority only the King who reigns over every corner of His Creation could possess. On this day, during Advent, we’re celebrating the glorious truth that the time had come for God to send His Son (Galatians 4:4). We’re celebrating the birth of our King. 

A king is given to rule. The people of Israel wanted their king primarily to subdue and restrain opposing nations—to fight their external battles. But is someone who only exists to fight opposing forces truly a king, or is he more like a military leader? No, a king commands the loyalty and service of His people. To honor a king is to live serving at His pleasure. When Jesus sat down at the right hand of God, He sat on a throne (Revelation 4:2). When He was born in that manger in Bethlehem, He was born as the people of God. 

When Isaiah describes Jesus, He calls Him His servant (Isaiah 42:1–9). What makes this king the Servant of the Lord? His strength would not come from chariots and weapons but the spirit of God (v.1). He would establish justice (v.4). His manner would not be overbearing but gentle (vv.2–3). He would bring deliverance, not from the temporal and fading nations but from our spiritual blindness and broken relationship with God (vv.6–7). His glory would not come from gold, empires, or armies but from God Himself (v.8). His rule would command devotion. 

Jesus came to conquer (Micah 5:2). He did not come as the people expected—as One who would overthrow and rule the nations. No, He came to conquer our hearts to restore humanity’s broken relationship with God. This is good news; it’s what we need more than anything else—to be restored to our Maker. 

Part of worshiping this One “born a child, and yet a King” comes by way of submitting to His rule in our lives as our spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1). So worship the King who by His life and death has secured for you peace with God. May His Spirit further conquer your life so that your celebration of Christmas might be marked by your worship of Jesus Christ, the King. You’ve been given no greater gift.

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  1. Tara Beatty says:

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Alana Okumu says:

    Merry Christmas from Australia

  3. Peggy Pappas says:

    Karlee, Merry Christmas. I hope God comforted your heart not being with family. I have a nephew and his family living in Zeeland!! He too is far from family ( they live in Fl).

  4. Gloria Garcia says:

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Kim Harper says:

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Claire B says:

    Merry Christmas y’all. It has been nice having weekend devotions. And for all you northerners – could y’all come on down to Alabama and take you weather home. Somehow it got misdirected.

  7. Kimberly Z says:

    Merry Christmas from Wyoming! Feeling extra grateful today for the birth of our savior. Praying it’s a good week for everybody as we prepare for the new year.

  8. Laura Hadsell says:

    Merry Christmas Everyone. God Bless Always.

  9. Laura Hadsell says:

    Merry Christmas 3

  10. Ana Perez says:

    Merry Christmas!

  11. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    Merry Christmas! Praying that you all know the Lord’s presence today and ever after.

  12. Nkoyo Efretei says:

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

  13. Alayna P. says:

    Merry Christmas Everyone ♥️✨

  14. Mari V says:

    @Pam C, I am also from Northern California. The fog was pretty dense as we drove to the candlelight service, which was at 10 PM. But it was still nice.

  15. AZ Walker says:

    Merry Christmas everyone! Praying for those feeling lonely. . . Lillyflower and K Swenson’s friend. Grateful for so many things and especially knowing God is always with me. May the Lord of peace comfort us and all our loved ones. ❤️

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  17. Catherine McVey says:

    Merry Christmas to all She’s everywhere from beautiful cold and snowy Alaska. May peace and joy be in your hearts and homes. So thankful for Jesus our Savior.❤️

  18. Miranda Waldvogel says:

    merry merry Christmas!!

    may i just say how much i’ve loved going through this hymn? i hope you guys consider doing a similar theme in future years!

  19. Miranda Waldvogel says:

    merry merry Christmas!!

  20. Mercy says:

    Merry Christmas dear lovely she’s. Praise God for Christmas day and praise God for the MOST wonderful gift of all, the gift of eternal life through Jesus our dear Savior. When I was little, I looked forward to opening the gift. We had a small humble two feet xmas tree and my mom would put one gift for me and one for my brother. And I looked forward to that all month. It would usually be a book for me. Sometimes I wish that the moment of Xmas would last much longer but it was short and I would have this blue after Xmas. Christmas does not come from a store, perhaps Christmas means a little more. I always love this quote from the Grinch, from a Christian author the beloved Dr Seuss, showing the most difficult people at Xmas are those who need love most of all. The many layers of Christmas and the many revelations about God that each Christmas brings are priceless to me. I hope you all have a lovely restful day. I am gonna enjoy my warm cup of coffee as I look out at the white snow that God blesses us with (warmer temp next week for us to somewhat above zero..praise the Lord for answering my prayer. I can’t deal with too much cold like I used to).
    Praying for you Dorothy I am sorry that the pipe burst.
    @Rhonda J- what you wrote yesterday blessed me so much. Thanks for sharing. And I will also look forward to the Chosen to watch tonight.
    @Indiana- praying for your husband and marriage. May God remove all issues and guard over your heart and mind.
    Praise Jesus for His birth and our new birth. Behold, a virgin shall bring forth a son. Glory to His Name forever. Be blessed dear sisters.

  21. Susan Lincks says:


  22. Abigail Gugler says:

    Merry Christmas!

  23. TIna says:

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    Know, that wherever you are, or at, Emmanuel, came so He could be with us in our places, of joy, sadness, brokenness, confusion..

    BUT GOD..


    Blessings wrapped muchly in love from across the pond..❤❤❤❤

  24. Timberli Williams says:

    Amen!!! Merry Christmas!! ❤️❤️❤️

  25. Joi Wood says:

    Merry Christmas Everyone

  26. Dorothy says:

    Merry Christmas from Olathe, KS (a suburb of Kansas City). May your Christmas be filled with wonderful memories. Mine will be filled with memories but not so wonderful d/t having one of the coldest winters in a long time; the water pipes in my apartment bathroom froze then they broke, so now my water is turned off. The very nice maintenance man — who came several times last night, even into the wee hours of the morning — tried to fix them but found out they will have to go through the exterior wall, which is stucco, to fix it. So I guess I’m off to a hotel for several days.
    My son and d-i-l are sick so I didn’t get to celebrate with them either. But I’m still on to zoom call with my brothers later today.
    Loved the devotional, it raised my spirits.
    Be blessed, have a great Christmas and find the positive in everything sisters.

  27. Rhonda says:

    Merry Christmas from the little ranch in the foothills of Alberta, Canada.
    The chinook winds are blowing here which means mild weather after the deep freeze of last week.
    I have so enjoyed and been blessed and challenged as we meet here each morning.

  28. Krystle Scott says:

    Merry Christmas y’all from Houston, Texas! ❤️

  29. Annika Ekblad says:

    Merry Christmas everyone from the rainy Washington coast! I am so thankful I get to meet you all here every morning though I rarely comment. This Advent study has gotten me back into the habit of opening my Bible every day & I praise God for that. I hope you all have a joyous Christmas celebrating our Savior!

  30. Sheryl Gunderson says:

    Merry Christmas!

  31. Traci Gendron says:

    Merry Christmas lovely ladies! I loved seeing where most of you are from. A few of us are from Colorado! I made it through last night..thank you for all your prayers. I’m so thankful for my nephew that is like a second son. Tanner and Patrick were so close. He truly is a godsend. He asked me how I was doing and was so appreciative of his gifts. He and his wife are believers!

    RHONDA J – Beautifully said! Merry Christmas to you!
    JENNIFER LOVES JESUS – I also committed to giving my first moments to God! Although that didn’t happen this morning!

  32. Melissa Mcronney says:

    Amen ❤️

  33. PamC says:

    Merry Christmas from foggy Northern California. We are “socked in” with a dense fog advisory & compared to some of you a balmy 43 degrees. May all your celebrations today be richly blessed & full of love & Jesus’s Light. Prayers going up for any of you out & about.
    Hugs & love to all.

  34. Bree Hann says:

    Merry Christmas!

  35. Karlee Vriezema says:

    This made me tear up this morning.. I am from Zeeland but am far from home this morning and can’t be with family this year so it felt like reading a little hug. Enjoy the snow for me, Merry Christmas

  36. Michelle Patire says:

    Merry Christmas!!!!!!
    all hail King Jesus, all hail the savior of the world!!!! <3

    One of my favorite worship songs reminded from this study ^

  37. Sarah Ritchie says:

    Merry Christmas everyone from California! I so thankful for this community every morning.

  38. Tabitha Lacovara says:

    Merry Christmas sisters from Denver (30 deg. and thawing out). Glory to God in the highest!

  39. Rachel says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! (from snowy and brisk Colorado…tho’ not as brisk (ie frigid) as it was earlier in the week :P) Waiting for my house to wake up and sitting here thankful for this study and for all of you. What a joy to join you here every day. Hope you all have a wonderful day! xo

  40. Debbie Burton says:

    Merry Christmas!! I’m so thankful for this beautiful story of His birth and that we are blessed to receive His ultimate gift! For unto us a child is born.

  41. Christine F says:


  42. Ashleigh H says:

    Merry Christmas from Texas!! We are actually at a warmer temp at a lovely 2&

  43. Lindsey Osterhaven says:

    Merry Christmas from Byron Center Michigan! Enjoying this beautiful snow that continues to fall from this incredible storm. Thankful for this times with my kids, my husband, and a warm house to protect us. Give thanks for the small moments of today-be present, and give thanks for all great and small that comes from Above. Love this community of believes and for strong women in faith❤️

  44. Suezi Gurzi says:

    Merry Christmas She’s!! May we all feel the peace of this beautiful day!

  45. Donna Wolcott says:

    Happy birthday sweet Jesus! Wishing all you She’s a Blessed and Merry Christmas. It’s 13 here in RI.

  46. Rhonda J. says:

    Merry Christmas She’s from even a chilly, non-sunshine SW Florida this morning! Fort Myers! We will spend the day inside in our jammies watching Christmas movies so it is all well with me! I am especially excited to watch the live stream tonight of The Chosen! Some others I would like to suggest are The Chosen Christmas (from last year), Why The Nativity by David Jerimiah, and The Star (which is a cute animated trip following the star to Bethlehem!)
    I will miss all the beautiful Christmas music I have been listening to all month! And such dedicated focus on our Savior. I hope it will stay alive diligently and earnestly in our everyday life. I have made it a habit for years to come to SRT with my coffee and doggie every morning and what a beautiful gift it is to have the Bible so easily and abundantly available to us. And you dear sisters as my companions to read the word. This new year my goal is to memorize scripture! “put it away in my heart”… I am trying to engage my husband as well (in a roundabout way that he is helping me! ha)
    Have a beautiful day, keep close to our Savior, and be blessed in His presence. We are His temple, what a gift He has given us. Let us not forever take that for granted. Praying that our unsaved loved ones will accept His gift. Love to you all.

  47. GramsieSue says:

    What a blessing to celebrate CHRISTmas with all you she’s from all over the world!
    Steve and I are up, preparing brunch for our family. Yes they are well again!
    It’s 8 degrees and will warm up to 30 here in SW Missouri.
    Have a very merry Christmas!
    Hugs and blessings to all ❤️

  48. Claudia Meads says:

    Wow Erin what a beautiful devotional thank you yes Jesus rule Heaven rules Let’s worship him From cold but more than blessed in North Carolina Merry Christmas everyone thank you for the partnership

  49. Darci Michelle says:

    Merry Christmas from a chilly (13°) middle Tennessee.

  50. Jennifer Loves Jesus says:

    Merry Christmas! Christ is born! Glory to the Highest! May the uncreated Light of Christ shine in our hearts today and always! We have received the Greatest Gift. It is the reason we give gifts for Christmas. So what gift can I give back to Jesus? When I receive a gift I feel the deep sense to give one back in return. So what can I possibly give Him? Time. I can give the gift of time back to Him. The magi gave royal gifts at the Nativity. Before they actually presented these gifts, they gave time to travel for months following a star to an unknown, yet hoped for, destination. They knew something good would be beneath this new star that guided them. “The magi, gifts; the shepherds, wonder; the earth, its cave; the wilderness, a manger; and we offer Thee- a Virgin Mother”. I love the lyrics of this Christmas hymn. All these gifts are given to receive our Savior. So I will give praise, and prayer, and time spent for Him. Easy to say as I sit in my quiet home this morning. Hot coffee in my cup, a warm and crackling fire from the hands of my husband, the Word of our Lord at my fingertips. But, I can begin here, in my home with my husband. Grateful to be looking at celebrating our 21st anniversary in less than a month. I praise God for the miracles in our marriage. For His leadership in Christ. And for each new moment in time given by the hand of God. Lord Jesus, help me to spend it well. Help me remember the value of time over any other thing I could give. Time with You, with others, for You, for others. Help me to honor You with my time and my gifts. Until… Maranatha.

  51. Munchkin says:

    Merry Christmas, everyone! May the Lord give you peace today.

  52. Sarah D. says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!! So thankful for Christ. He came for us, and he is coming again!! Thankful for you all and for our sweet community we have here.

  53. Tasha Adams says:

    Merry Christmas from West Texas!❤️

  54. Dianne Carpenter says:

    Merry Christmas from Leander, Texas! Happy Birthday to our Savior❤️

  55. Holly Shelton says:

    Merry Christmas! No greater gift!

  56. Lee Gaar says:

    Merry Christmas from the frozen Ozarks! Temperatures are supposed to get back up to 32°F today.❤️ May the Prince of Peace reign in all our hearts today as we celebrate His first coming. I am so longing for His return…more and more as the years go by. Be blessed all you sweet She’s! Glory to God in the highest! He is so BEAUTIFUL!

  57. Cristin Hulyk says:

    Merry Christmas!

  58. Cindy J says:

    Merry Christmas from a still very cold Plum Pa. So thankful for this study to keep me grounded this season. Worshipping Him this morning and having a heart of “Come now our expected Savior “

  59. Angie Mills says:

    Jesus came for all peoples — Jews and Gentiles alike! He is the Word of God who speaks to us the words from the Father. He is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of God’s nature. As Jesus is, so is the Father. Jesus sustains all things by His powerful word. He purified us from our sins. He is the King who is worshiped by kings. He is the One who will one day take away death and weeping forever. Let us worship and adore Him. Let us give Him the gifts of our lives and our hearts. Let us honor and glorify Him. Let us love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

  60. Brenda says:

    Merry Christmas from Western Pennsylvania. It is always interesting to see where all my fellow she’s are reading from. Here in my part of the state we are up to a balmy 11 degrees. It has been below that for the last 2 days. I am glad to have a white Christmas though. I am praying through all the requests.

  61. Aimee D-R says:

    Merry Christmas from Western PA!

  62. Lynne Burton says:

    Merry Christmas all my sister she’s! In spite of the stress and heartache many of us are experiencing may we celebrate our Resurrected Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and rest in the peace He brings! Love to each and everyone one of you!

  63. Erin Lewallen says:

    Merry Christmas from Colorado. Grateful for this community of women from whom I’ve learned so much. Happy birthday Jesus, you are our one true king and the only gift we need. ♥️

  64. Bekah Cook says:


  65. Ann Laubhan says:

    Texas , 23F projected high 45 ❤️. Merry Christmas

  66. Cee Gee says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS, sister Shes, from a very cold upstate South Carolina!
    ERIN DAVIS – “May His Spirit further conquer your life so that your celebration of Christmas might be marked by your worship of Jesus Christ, the King. You’ve been given no greater gift.”. Love this!!!
    LAHUA K -I like the imagery you shared from the fireworks/celebration!

  67. Ann Laubhan says:

    Merry Christmas

  68. Kenna McFall says:

    Merry Christmas from Kansas. It is 3F here but we will get up to a balmy 31 today. May we honor and celebrate our King Jesus. So fun to see where all the shes are that get up before I do.

  69. K S says:

    Merry Christmas from North Carolina! ✨❤️

  70. Danielle B says:

    Merry Christmas to all the She’s! So blessed to be able join you all each day!

    Praise God for the baby King Jesus. Oh to be the shepherds or the wise men. To be Mary and Joseph, what a blessing!

  71. Linda says:

    A blessed CHRISTmas to each sweet sister around the world. This Advent season has been wonderful as we have read and prayed together. There is joy in celebrating the coming of our Redeemer! Yet this day there is also a sadness as some dear ones are no longer with us for whatever reason. I’m praying that this New Year will see a change in the lives of those who are far away from Jesus and much comfort to those who grieving. May Jesus calm
    with His peace our anxious hearts over the confusion and chaos in our world. Blessing to each of you from NC

  72. Erica Chiarelli says:

    Merry Christmas!! I’m in awe of all that our Father did to bring us back to Him! Thank You Jesus!

  73. Theresa Storie says:

    Merry Christmas sweet friends!

  74. Kelly (NEO) says:

    Happy Birthday, Jesus! Thank You for coming ro rescue us and bring us back into relationship with the Father.

    Praying for you Shes, especially those suffering the loss of love ones!

  75. J B says:

    Merry Christmas! Let us adore Him. I feel revival in my soul, celebrating that he came so we may have peace with God and everlasting life. King Jesus come back soon!

  76. Lisa Keller says:

    Truly the kingship of this baby must change my life even more.. I surrender more to You today..

  77. Churchmouse says:

    Merry Christmas from blustery western Pennsylvania! It’s a winter wonderland here as in “I’m wondering how much rest any of the road crews are able to get.”

    Praying for all those who must be out and about and wisdom for those who don’t have to be but are considering it. Thankful for road crews, power company workers, first responders, health care workers, our military near and far, etc. Sacrificial people every one. I pray for all those who don’t yet realize the sacrifice of Jesus on their behalf. I pray they do not leave the greatest gift – the gift of His grace and mercy – unwrapped again this Christmas. Amen.

  78. Krista Branch says:

    Merry CHRISTmas!

  79. Melanie Bisson says:

    Merry Christmas!! This advent study has provided such peace and focused worship during this hectic season and truly helped me celebrate our Lord and Savior with our 4.5 yr old.

  80. Marya Kat says:

    Merry Christmas from the Gulf coast of Florida where we have a morning temperature of 28 degrees!! It’s been a wonderful advent study, so glad I got the book. Have a blessed day!

  81. Indiana Christina says:

    Merry Christmas to all the beautiful ladies out there! I feel blessed on this Christmas morning for this community and for Jesus who is the reason for this community and our celebrations today. Glory to God in the highest!

    I humbly ask that you keep me in prayer today. Please join me in praying for my husband, who deals greatly with anger problems and addiction; our relationship; and for discernment and wisdom to know what’s the best next step. I’m not sure what the future holds for my marriage or my life, but I do know that God is big enough to sustain and hold and protect me and do the same for my husband at the same time.

  82. Gwineth52 says:

    Merry Christmas
    Sister Shes
    The Joy of Every Longing Heart…
    Has Come
    He is With Us
    Light + Love

  83. Carol Rimmer says:

    Merry Christmas SRT sisters. Let’s worship Jesus the King today

  84. Kaela Kelly says:

    Merry CHRISTmas! May we all worship our Jesus Christ a little louder today ! God Bless you all!

  85. Arina says:

    May we all today, like the wise men, find this little baby and worship Him as our King. No matter how we celebrate, giving this day with all its gifts to Him. A very merry Christams to all of you, from the Netherlands!

  86. Karrie says:

    Merry Christmas my friends from over here in Canada. It’s so cold that we have extreme cold warnings out!!! -38C right now!! I hope you all enjoy the holidays with your families tomorrow and I pray that each of us can find joy in the simple things throughout the rest of the day.

  87. Judy Filmer says:

    Yes. A Merry and blessed Christmas to all who are still to celebrate this special day. We have been blessed with a warm sunny day here in Australia and a wonderful family to enjoy the day with. I have so much to give thanks for to my precious Lord Jesus. Have a wonderful day
    Hugs to you all

  88. Lehua K. says:

    Merry Christmas! It’s still Christmas Eve here in Hawai’i, but I plan to come back tomorrow and read all of your lovely comments ❤️ we had a nice Christmas Eve service and my mother in law joined us. She really enjoyed herself too. I know both of us are constantly praying for my husband’s salvation (along with my mom and many others). ❤️❤️

    I hear lots of neighbors popping random fireworks in anticipation of the coming New Year, and I think of all of us who are shouting praises to Jesus and waiting expectantly for His second coming. Praise be to God for it all.

  89. Rebecca Dunn says:

    Merry Christmas ! Finishing up a hot Christmas day here in Australia as you all wake to celebrate the birth of Jesus . Much love to you