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Suggested Date: November 28th

About 700 years before Jesus’ birth, Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah

Scripture: Isaiah 9:6-7

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.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.

digging deeper

1. Why is it significant that Isaiah predicted Jesus’ birth?


2. What names did Isaiah use to describe the Child who would be born?


3. Can you think of a way one of these names points to Jesus?

 

4. What do the names that the Child will be called say about His identity?


5. What will characterize His reign? Is there any way that this could be a mere man? Why or why not?


6. Which of the names gives you the most hope and why?

wrap-up

The prophesied Child whom Isaiah spoke of 700 years before His birth would be no ordinary man. Though descended from King David and fully human, this Son was not merely human. He will sit on David’s throne forever, upholding it with true justice and righteousness, bringing peace that mere men can never attain, because this promised Son was and is God Himself.

respond in worship

”It came upon the midnight clear, 
that glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth 
to touch their harps of gold
Peace on the earth, goodwill to men, 
from heav’n’s all gracious king
The world in solemn stillness lay to 
hear the angels sing...”

respond in prayer

Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to earth as a baby. Thank you that Jesus is everything 
you promised Him to be: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
God, help us honor you this Advent season. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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