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).
Isaiah and many other prophets in the Old Testament told about a King who would come and rule forever. Jesus is the promised Messiah. He will make all these words come true.
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:
- What one command did God give Adam and Eve? (Eve could not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,
- Isaiah was a prophet in the New Testament. (false, Old Testament)
- The Book of Isaiah is found in the Bible in the division of the Major Prophets. (true)
- Isaiah said that a King would come from Jesse’s family. (true, Isa. 11:1)
- Isaiah said that God’s Spirit would be with the coming King. (true, Isa. 11:2)
- Isaiah said that the coming King would usually do the right thing. (False, He would always do the right thing; Isa. 11:4)
- Isaiah said that the Messiah would bring war. (False, He would bring peace; Isa. 11:6-9)
- Isaiah said everyone on the earth will know the Lord. (true, Isa. 11:9)
- Isaiah said the King will bring the nations together (true, Isa. 11:10)
- Isaiah prophesied about a coming storm. (False, Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah.)
- Jesus is the promised Messiah. (true, John 4:25-26)
- Serving Opportunity: In light of making room, we are ready for more people to hug some BridgeBabies! If you have been waiting for the perfect time to rock babies, now is the time. We are looking for several more adults to serve our precious little ones in nursery space. This would mean serving during the 11:30 service at least every other week. If you are interested, reply to this e-mail and David George will follow up with you.
- Christmas Eve: LifeBridge is hosting a Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 4 pm. This will be an hour long service filled with a lot of music. In fact, our BridgeKids will be singing one of their favorite Christmas songs we have been singing every Sunday. Bring the whole family out to this awesome event to kick off your Christmas festivities!
- PJ’s and Pop Tarts – On Sunday morning, December 30 during the 10 and 11:30 am services, BridgeKids is having a PJ’s and Pop Tarts morning. where your favorite PJ’s to BridgeKids and we will be watching a movie and enjoying our favorite Pop Tarts, it is going to be an awesome morning!