WEEK OF SUNDAY, MARCH 29
Isaiah, Prophet to Judah
Bible Passage: Isaiah 6; 53
Story Point: The prophet Isaiah told about the Messiah.
Key Passage: If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. - 2 Chronicles 7:14
Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.
CHRIST CONNECTION: God planned all along that Jesus would die on the cross for our sin. Seven hundred years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote that this would happen! Jesus is the Servant who suffered so that those who trust in Him would be forgiven.
WATCH THE STORY
SOME ACTIVITIES TO DO TOGETHER
What you need: Print a copy of “Secret Message” Activity Page
What to Do: Challenge kids to use the code to figure out what the secret message says.
SAY •Today we will learn about a special message God gave to Isaiah. God didn’t want Isaiah to keep it a secret though! Isaiah was a prophet, so his job was to tell God’s messages to God’s people. What kind of message do you think God gave to Isaiah?
LOOK AND LISTEN DRAWINGS
What you need:
What to Do: Give each member of the family a piece of paper and a pencil. Designate one “actor” to give instructions for drawing something without using any words. The actor can use body movements and hand motions to prompt artists to draw a picture of a child flying a kite in a park with a dog. Allow people to draw for a few minutes and then compare their drawings.
Play a second round. This time, explain that you will use words but artists must close their eyes as they draw. Prompt artists to draw a boat on a river with lemon trees on the shore and three fish in the water.
SAY • What things made it difficult to follow my instructions? Today we are going to hear a story about a prophet who took God’s message to people who would listen but would not understand and who would look but not notice the truth. That must have been frustrating! Let’s find out more.
VERY, VERY, VERY
What to Do: Invite everyone to sit in a circle. Select a kid to start the game by saying something like “I’m hungry,” “I’m thirsty,” or “I’m tired.” Then, the person to her right will say “I’m very hungry,” (thirsty; tired; and so forth). The person to his right will say the same thing, adding an additional “very.” Play will continue in this way until everyone has had a turn to speak. Play again as time allows.
SAY • In Bible times, people repeated words instead of using “very.” So they might have said “I’m hungry, hungry.” If “hungry” was repeated three times, it meant the person was as hungry as could be. We will learn today about a time God was described as “holy, holy, holy.” That means He is the most holy of all.
questions to talk about
- What did Isaiah say when he saw the Lord? (I am ruined, Isa. 6:5)
- How did God show He had forgiven Isaiah’s sin? (One of the seraphim touched a hot coal to Isaiah’s lips, Isa. 6:6-8)
- The Suffering Servant would be punished for whose sin? (everyone’s, “the iniquity of us all”; Isa. 53:6)
- How do we know that Isaiah was writing about Jesus? Guide kids to see that Isaiah’s writings were prophecies—promises from God about the future. We can read the New Testament to see how Jesus died for our sin and understand that Isaiah’s prophecy had come true in Jesus.
- Why do you think Jesus was willing to suffer for us? Guide kids to discuss the different parts of this answer. Jesus loves us, so He was willing to die for us. Jesus loves God the Father, so He wanted to obey God’s plan to die for us. Jesus hates sin and wanted to eliminate its power over people. God deserves all glory; and Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection perfectly glorified God.
- How can we show sacrificial love to others, like Jesus did? Discuss different ways kids can sacrifice to help others, such as giving generously, loving those who are mean to us, telling others about Jesus even when it is difficult or scary, or being kind to everyone.
SAY • The prophet Isaiah told about the Messiah. Isaiah did not know when God would keep His promise to send the Messiah, but he knew God would be faithful. Jesus died for us and rose again, and He has promised to return and fix all that sin has broken.
journalingFOR 4TH-6TH GRADE
Guide kids to think about and answer one or two journaling prompts. Be sure to join them.
- What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?
- What does the story teach me about myself?
- Are there things God is asking me to do in this story? How are they for God’s glory and my good?
- Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?
- What characteristics of God do I see in this story?
- What does the story teach me about people around me?
- If I’m honest, what parts of this are hard to understand or believe?
talking to kids about the gospel...
Here’s one way we talk about the gospel with elementary kids
A- We are God’s most treasured creation! Created to be with Him. However, there’s a problem. It’s sin. Sin is anything we do that isn’t what God wants for us. We’ve all done it, even me. And sin gets in the way of us having a relationship with God. We need to admit we have this problem!
B- Believe that Jesus is who He says He is and did what He said He did in order to make a way for our relationship with God to be made whole again...specifically He loves you SO MUCH that...”Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be.” (1 Cor. 15: 3-4) He took the punishment we deserved.
C- Choose to put your faith in Jesus. Jesus says that our response, or the way we accept it is by faith. In other words putting our trust in Him.