Background: The prophet Isaiah wrote this book to the southern tribe of Judah during a time of national emergency. The 12 tribes of Israel had been divided. 10 tribes in the north and 2 in the south (Judah was one of these). Even the tribe of Judah 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.
In chapter 9 Isaiah wrote of titles that would be given to their coming Messiah. He would come one day and free them from their sin and provide true freedom.
Ask the children…
When the Messiah came, would He look like a king?
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.” (Isaiah 9:6)
No He would not look like a king, the Messiah would come as a little baby. But the people should make no mistake, He would be given great authority. Discuss what you think these titles mean.
“The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor,[d] Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
Jesus is the fulfillment of these prophecies. He fulfilled some of these in His first appearance here on earth, some during His current rule as He sits as the right hand of the throne of God and finally all in His future rule when He returns to the earth to put all things into subjection under His feet.
Ask your children if they think that Jesus is in charge of the whole world? Is Jesus in charge of their lives? Do they see themselves as loyal subjects of the King of kings? It is when we can truly worship King Jesus that we will find what it means to have have the peace of the Prince of Peace and the love of the Everlasting Father and the authority of the Mighty God and the wisdom of the Wonderful Counselor.
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