Background: The prophet Isaiah wrote this book to the southern tribe of Judah during a time of national emergency. The nation had turned their backs on God and were facing extinction by the cruel Assyrians. In the first 39 chapters are recorded a series of messages that Isaiah preaches over 40 years, to warn the Jews to turn away from their sin and to receive God’s forgiveness and blessing.
At the beginning of these messages Isaiah offers the Jews some incredible hope.
Ask the children…
Who is actually speaking to the Jews?
“‘Come now, let’s settle this,’ says the Lord.” (Isaiah 1:18 )
What was God’s loving offer to His children?
““Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18 )
The Lord wanted His children to know that although they had turned their backs on Him and followed foreign God’s and disobeyed Him, He was always ready to forgive them and to offer f0rgiveness. The picture here that causes us to look ahead to the coming of Christ who in fact did cleanse His people from their sins and made them whiter than snow, no matter how bad that sin was/is.
Ask your children if they understand the significance of Christ’s blood shed on the cross? Explain that the blood was the very life of Christ being spilled out as an offering to God to pay for the sins of humans for all eternity. It represented the love of God for man and the fact that God wants to be in relationship with every person and made that possible through the death of His Son. Ask your children if they have experienced the loving forgiveness of God through Jesus? If not, explain how they can do that right now.
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