Scripture: Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:1, Isaiah, 40:3, Isaiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:9
- Students will learn about the prophet Isaiah.
- Students will learn that some of Isaiah’s writings were prophecies about Jesus.
- Students will learn that the prophecies written about Jesus were well before Jesus was born, very specific, and were all fulfilled by Jesus.
- Students will learn that many of the prophecies spoke of salvation and Jesus’ role on Earth.
Guiding Question: How did Jesus fulfill prophecies about salvation?
Materials: Desk, “scroll”, quill pen, bottle of ink, materials for decorative cross
Procedure: Have the students watch the play about Isaiah. Explain to the students that Isaiah must have been really confused sometimes about what God was telling him and having him write down. Isaiah would not have been able to make the prophecies he did without God’s help. The book of Isaiah has 66 chapters filled with prophecies.
Explain that Jesus fulfilled the prophecies while He lived on the earth as a man, died on the cross for our sins, and was buried and raised from the dead on the third day. Read John 3:16 and explain that it means that if we believe in Jesus and God, repent of our sins, confess that we believe Jesus is Lord, and are baptized, we can spend forever in Heaven with God. Tell the students that as they get older, they will need to make the decision of whether or not they will follow God and obey His commands.
Tell the students that they are going to make a craft to keep in their room that will help them remember what God wants us to do to be saved. Use the materials above to make a decorative cross featuring John 3:16. Have older students write verses (Luke 1:25-31, 1 Peter 2:24-25, Acts 16:31, Matthew 3:16, Matthew 27:57-60, John 5:27) on the cross that will remind them of the plan of salvation.
Additional Questions: How can students understand the magnitude of Isaiah’s prophecies about Jesus’ life and death?
Supplemental Activity: Have the students explore Isaiah to find verses that share prophecies about Jesus’ life and death. Then have the students find verses in the New Testament (primarily Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) that correspond with the prophecies in Isaiah.