WEEK OF SUNDAY, MARCH 29
Isaiah, Prophet to Judah
Bible Passage: Isaiah 6; 53
Story Point: Isaiah told about the Messiah.
Key Passage: - [If] my people ... turn from their evil ways, then I will ...forgive their sin, and heal their land. -2 Chronicles 7:14
Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus.
CHRIST CONNECTION: God’s servant Isaiah wrote about Jesus. God planned all along that Jesus would die on the cross for our sin. Many years before Jesus was born, Isaiah wrote these words. Jesus is the Servant who died to save people from sin.
WATCH THE STORY
SOME ACTIVITIES TO DO TOGETHER
PLAY I SPY
What to do: Say, “I spy with my little eye something ...” then describe an object in the room by color. Encourage people to guess the item you are describing. The person who guesses correctly may give the next description. Be prepared to offer assistance.
SAY • Good job describing what you saw! In our Bible story today, we will hear Isaiah describe visions he received from God. But no one else could see what he described, and they would never have guessed it. I wonder if you will be able to guess who Isaiah saw in his visions when you hear our Bible story?
REVEAL HIDDEN MESSAGES
What you need:
- White crayon
- Copy paper
- Cups (consider using empty yogurt or fruit cups)
What to do: Before the session, draw simple pictures or words thickly with a white crayon on copy paper. Make one per each member of the family. Encourage children to paint the papers with watercolors to reveal the hidden messages. Read the messages to the children. Hidden messages could be crown, Holy, Messiah, Servant, or cross.
SAY • Do you know whom all of these messages are describing? Jesus! A long, long time before Jesus lived on earth, a prophet named Isaiah wrote about Him using all of these words. Prophets tell God’s messages to the people, but most people didn’t understand Isaiah’s message. Let’s listen closely to our Bible story today and pray that God helps us understand His message!
DRESS LIKE ROYALTY
What you need:
- Dress up clothes (Or makeshift) of what you have at home. Robe, crown, jewelry, oversized beach towels. Provide robes, crowns, jewelry, and other items for children to dress up like kings and queens. Consider providing oversized beach towels to use as trains.
SAY • When Isaiah was worshiping God in the temple, God gave Isaiah a vision. Isaiah saw God sitting on a throne. God was wearing a long robe that filled the temple. When Isaiah realized he was with God, he immediately thought about how sinful he was. How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus.
questions to talk about
Retell parts of the Bible story from Isaiah 6; 53
One day, Isaiah the prophet saw God on His throne. Angels were standing above God, and they said, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord!” Isaiah was afraid. An angel touched Isaiah’s mouth with a hot coal from the altar. Then the Lord said, “Who should I send? Who will go for Us?” Isaiah said, “Here I am. Send me.” God showed Isaiah many things that would happen in the future because God’s people did not love Him. God had a plan to send the Messiah, or special King. Isaiah said the Messiah would be punished for our wrong choices. It was God’s plan for the Messiah—who did not do wrong things—to be hurt so we can be forgiven. Later, when Jesus died on the cross and came back to life, people knew Isaiah had spoken about Him
- Was Isaiah a prophet, priest, or king? (prophet)
- Whom did Isaiah write about? (the Messiah, Jesus)
- When did Isaiah write about the Messiah: before or after Jesus was born? (many years before)
- Who died to save us from sin? (Jesus)
- How will Jesus feel when He sees all the people He saved? (He will be happy.)
- How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus.