Day 23

Jesus Is The Promised One

from the Advent 2015: Born Is The King reading plan


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

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16 thoughts on "Jesus Is The Promised One"

  1. Jeffrey Messenger says:

    Man needed a Savior that was unlike any before Jesus.

  2. Jeffrey Messenger says:

    PRAISE BE TO GOD FOR HIS MATCHLESS GIFT IN JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!

  3. Jeffrey Messenger says:

    God willingly suffered and died for us–willingly. He came just as He said He would and could not be killed, yet had to give up His own life–willingly–in order to die. Death could not hold Him because He owed it no wage. Praise be to God!

  4. Jeffrey Messenger says:

    Jesus is the only One who could ever satisfy our payment. It is for that reason that He came so we could be with God forever as one.

  5. Jeffrey Messenger says:

    Lord, may I never forget what You have done for me. Thank You that the grave could not hold You nor keep You, and that You reign now and forevermore.

  6. Jonathan Newman says:

    He is faithful to fulfill his will and promises. He has been completely in control all along, and in giving us a second chance, he gets the final victory and all the glory.

  7. Jonathan Newman says:

    We have inherited the sin and rebellion of Adam and Eve. Every major character of God’s people in the story of Israel served as a signpost in that their moral deficiencies and spiritual inadequacies were apparent, and they left human hearts with a sense of longing for completion and fulfillment.

  8. Jonathan Newman says:

    Jesus is God making good on his promises and showing how amazing His character is in fulfilling all that humans failed at. He is the hero we didn’t know we needed until we found Him. He has not only the power to atone for sins but also to open our eyes to who he is and how much we need him.

  9. Nathan Dodd says:

    Man is stubborn and narrow visioned. We see ourselves and today, but as I read these stories I realize that’s Gods intent for us.

  10. Nathan Dodd says:

    It permeates the whole of scripture… Every part points to Gods redemptive work. I can’t believe this is reality, but I’m so relieved that it is, because such a vast foundation for the gospel gives us a vast assurance of our hope and future. The gospel is lacking nothing.

  11. Nathan Dodd says:

    The depth of this plan unfolding describes an understanding of time that could only belong to someone who lives outside of it… God. He allowed for so many things, so that they could come to completion in Christ. So much of the Old Testament is incomplete without Christ. But God himself provided the sacrifice- the answer- Jesus.

  12. Nathan Dodd says:

    I will respond by sharing. I must, this is too weighty of something to know and NOT share.

  13. Nathan Dodd says:

    For continuing revelation of Gods grace and mercy through His word.

  14. Bill Wilson says:

    Man is looking for a savior that has already come! Oh that the eyes of our generation would be opened. God is with us. He came in Jesus and remains with us now, if we only turn our eyes outward and seek him.

  15. Bill Wilson says:

    The Gospel is a gospel of redemption that hinged on a birth, a birth that hinged on the faithfulness of so many before. God crafted His salvation through broken people who trusted in His promises.

  16. Bill Wilson says:

    God calls us to look – simply look – at the narrative that He crafted throughout history to point to Jesus, His Son, as the promised Savior. He has not hidden the plan of redemption. He’s laid it out clearly and kept His promises so that all men might be saved.

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