Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, God sent a prophet – Isaiah – to tell others about the coming of the Messiah. Even though Isaiah was telling them that someone was coming who could save the people from their sins, they couldn’t believe it. They didn’t understand that this Servant would come to serve and to take the punishment for their sin – and for our sin too. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“Long ago, God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him.” – Hebrews 1:1-2
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is God said the Messiah would be a suffering servant.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Isaiah 53. This story can be found on page 118 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Many years had passed since God made promises to Abraham. Some of the people didn’t trust God’s promises anymore. So the prophet Isaiah came to tell the people God’s plan: a Messiah was coming, someone who would be Israel’s Savior. Isaiah said the Messiah would be a servant who would suffer and be a sacrifice to rescue them from sin.
Isaiah told about the future as if it had already happened. Isaiah said that God’s Servant grew up in God’s presence. There was nothing special about Him; no one even noticed Him. People didn’t even like Him. God’s servant suffered. He knew what it was like to be sick and to hurt.
“We saw Him and turned away,” Isaiah said. “We looked down on Him and didn’t care about Him.”
But the way people treated the servant didn’t stop Him from doing what God sent Him to do. “He carried our sicknesses and pains. We thought God was punishing Him because He had sinned. But no – He took the punishment for our sins! It was our failures that hurt Him. He took the punishment we deserved, and He has healed us.”
Isaiah said the Messiah was beaten and treated badly, but He did not open His mouth or say anything.
Some people thought He was getting what He deserved, but no one realized His death was for them, to save them.
“But this was God’s plan all along!” Isaiah said. “By giving up His life as an offering for sin, the Suffering Servant gave life to many, many people.” And this is how God proved that what the Messiah did had worked – He did not stay dead. God brought Him back to life.
Isaiah said that when all this happens, the Messiah will see all the good that came from His suffering, and He will be glad He suffered.
Isaiah said, “He was counted guilty like a sinner. He took the punishment sinners deserve, and He asked God to welcome those who had turned away from Him.”
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Whom did Isaiah say God would send? (a Messiah)
- How did the Messiah look? (ordinary, like nothing special)
- Did people want to be the Messiah’s friend? (no)
- Was the Messiah punished because He did something wrong? (no, God punished Him instead of us)
- Did God’s servant stay dead? (no, God brought Him back to life)
- How did Isaiah say the servant would appear to the people around him? (like He was an ordinary man, not special or beautiful)
- How did Isaiah describe the people? (like sheep that have gone astray)
- Would the servant protest or complain about His suffering? (no, He would remain silent)
- Why would the Servant suffer? (to take the punishment for sin so many people could be forgiven)
- How many God’s are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
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.
God planned all along that jesus would die on the cross for our sin. Seven hundred years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote that this would happen! Jesus is the Servant who suffered so that those who trust in Him would be forgiven.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, thank God for sending His one and only Son to take our punishment, even though Jesus never did anything wrong. Praise God that He loves us so much to send His only Son for us. Ask God to help us trust in Him every day.