Key Passage: Isaiah 53:6 “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Big Picture Question: What does Immanuel mean? Immanuel means “God is with us.”
Christ Connection: God told Isaiah about His plan. Isaiah said that God was going to send someone named Immanuel. Jesus is the One God promised to send. One of Jesus’ names is Immanuel. The name Immanuel means “God with us.” Jesus is God with us.
Today’s Bible story in The Gospel Project® for Kids follows Isaiah’s message to King Ahaz. During King Ahaz’s reign, the king of Assyria was expanding his kingdom by taking over other nations. The Northern Kingdom of Israel and the king of Syria formed an alliance against Assyria and invited King Ahaz to join them. King Ahaz was in a difficult position. If he joined the alliance and they lost, the Assyrian king would destroy him. If he did not join and the alliance won, he was as good as dead.
King Ahaz said no. Israel and Syria attacked Jerusalem. Isaiah 7 opens with the armies of Israel and Syria approaching Jerusalem. King Ahaz was terrified. God sent Isaiah and his son, Shear-Jashub, to give Ahaz a message. God would be Ahaz’s ally. All God asked of Ahaz was to trust Him. God gave Ahaz a sign: “The virgin would conceive a son, and name him Immanuel.” God could do the impossible. What would Ahaz have to fear with God on his side?
Through the prophet Isaiah, God promised to send Immanuel, which means “God with us.” Jesus fulfilled this promise when He came to earth and was born of a virgin. Jesus is our Immanuel, God with us.
Family Activity: Isaiah and other prophets often had to tell powerful people hard messages from God. They could speak with confidence because they were speaking words from God. Practice at home greeting one another with confidence. Stand tall, make eye contact, smile, introduce yourself clearly, and shake hands firmly. Next time you go to church, think of someone you don’t know well and greet that person with a smile, hello, eye contact, and perhaps, a handshake.
Go further: Work together as a family to plan a time to share the gospel with people. Ask your church leadership about family outreach opportunities that may be coming up soon (like our Easter Egg hunt!)