Isaiah 9 Advent Series

Advent Lessons

This is a list of the Advent lessons based on Isaiah 9:6

1 Wonderful Counselor Isaiah 9:6, James 1:5
2 Mighty God Isaiah 9:6, Col 1:15–16
3 Everlasting Father Isaiah 9:6, Gal 4:4–7
4 Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6, Luke 2:12–14

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
– Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

Everlasting Father

Isaiah describes the Messiah as Everlasting Father! A good father loves and provides for his family. Jesus came to show us our Heavenly Father so that we can be children of God and experience love that will never ever run out. There are a number of attributes associated with the description of the Messiah as a father, but for the sake of this lesson we will focus on love that lasts forever! Continue reading Everlasting Father

Wonderful Counselor

Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor! It means that we can know him personally and not just know about him, so we can trust him to listen to our problems and guide us in the right direction. We know that Jesus is listening because the Bible tells us to pray to him about things that worry us. Continue reading Wonderful Counselor

Shepherds Hear Good News

Luke 2.8-20

Jesus was born against a background of humble simplicity with modest unassuming parents. Despite the lack of fanfare, nearby shepherds were visited by angels, who announced the birth of the Savior. This is a great reminder that the birth of Jesus is Good News, and something worth getting excited about! The fact that the announcement went out to a marginalized group of people is also a great reminder that God’s Good News is for everyone, not just the ‘important’ people in the world. Continue reading Shepherds Hear Good News

Jesus Born in Bethlehem

Luke 1.31, 32, 35; Luke 2.1-7

The birth of Jesus was the birth of the Messiah-king that God had promised his people for hundreds of years and that Israel had been waiting and waiting for! Fittingly, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, which was also the birthplace of his great-great-great-great … grandfather king David to whom God had promised that an eternal king would one day sit on the throne. A major turning point in history was set in motion on that night, but as Silesius the old medieval mystic said, “though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born, if he’s not born in me, my heart is still forlorn.” Continue reading Jesus Born in Bethlehem

Wise Men Bringing Gifts

Matthew 2.1-12

The magi responded to the birth of Jesus by finding him, worshipping him and bringing him gifts. They understood that Jesus was not just any king; he was the fulfillment of God’s promise! When they gave him gifts, it was a way of honoring him for being the king who would make a way for all the world to come to God. When we give gifts to others it’s an opportunity to express the love of Jesus to the person we’re giving a gift to. It’s also a way of celebrating our love for Jesus! As part of this lesson we’ll be packing Restart Kits for refugees who are being settled in the city of Portland. Continue reading Wise Men Bringing Gifts