Hey BridgeKids Families!
This week and next week, we step out of the Bible’s big story chronology to celebrate Christmas. This week we remained in the Old Testament to learn about Jesus’ birth from the prophet Isaiah.
Isaiah’s name means “Yahweh is salvation.” God called Isaiah to be a prophet when King Uzziah’s reign was ending—more than 700 years before Jesus was born. At the time Isaiah spoke to the people of Judah, the kingdom of Judah was very wealthy. But the people did not follow God. They worshiped false idols, cheated one another, and mistreated the poor.
Open your Bibles to Isaiah 11:1-10. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how Isaiah spoke to the people of Judah at a critical time in their history. After King Uzziah died, the people were afraid. They were vulnerable to their enemies, and unlike Uzziah, their new king was less than ideal. Isaiah’s prophecies warned the people that God would judge them, but Isaiah also spoke words of hope. He told of how God would one day rescue those who were faithful to Him.
Perhaps the most amazing of all are Isaiah’s detailed prophecies about Jesus—His birth and His suffering and death. Jesus Himself read from the Book of Isaiah, telling the people that He was the One the Scriptures spoke of.
Jesus fulfilled God’s promises spoken by the prophet Isaiah. God kept His promise to send a king from the family of Jesse, the father of King David (Luke 3:23-32). The Spirit of the Lord rested on Jesus (Matt. 3:16-17). He was filled with wisdom and understanding (Luke 2:40). He came to bring salvation to all the nations (Acts 13:47-48).
Help your kids understand that Isaiah’s prophecies from God did not speak just to the people of his time; they also speak to us. Hundreds of years before it happened, Isaiah told of how Jesus would be born and how He would suffer and die to take away the sins of His people. Because of Isaiah’s prophecies, and those of the other Old Testament prophets, we have great confidence in the Bible and that Jesus is the Messiah.
Ask the questions:
- Whose family would the King come from? (Jesse’s family, Isa. 11:1)
- What would the Spirit of God help Him do? (be wise and understanding, know and fear God; Isa. 11:2)
- How will He judge? (He will judge righteously and justly, always doing the right thing; Isa. 11:3-5)
- What will happen when He brings peace? (Wolves and lambs will live together, leopards and goats will lie next to each other, children will play with snakes, and so forth; Isa. 11:6-9)
- The earth will be filled with knowledge of God like what? (like the seas are fillled with water, Isa. 11:9)
- Who will come together under this King? (all nations, Isa. 11:10)
- Memory Verse – Our current memory is: Matthew 1:21 – She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
- Penny Wars!: We are raising money to buy Christmas gifts for a family in need this Christmas. Talk to your kids about the true meaning of Christmas and encourage them to bring in pennies for our offerings.
- BK Songs – Do your kids love the songs we sing in BK? Curious what ones we sing? Check out our facebook page, I will be posting new ones on there. https://www.facebook.com/LifeBridgeKids/