By Christine O’Brien
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This week's lesson was on Prophecy and Expectation: Immanuel, God with Us and looked at the scripture reading from Isaiah 7:10-16. The overarching big idea was that Isaiah prophesied that a baby would be born of a virgin—this is Jesus, “Immanuel,” which means “God with us.” Jesus made a way for us to be with him forever.
Children learned that the word advent means coming. In this last week of the Advent season, we remember God’s promise fulfilled: Jesus would be born of a virgin, and he would be Immanuel, God with us.
Below are a variety of ways to integrate further discussion and exploration of this scripture passage throughout the week:
Make an acrostic poem with the name Immanuel or Jesus. Write the name vertically down a piece of paper. Then write across, turning each letter into a word or phrases about Jesus. For example, here is one about Advent:
Nations will gather
Time to get ready
Table Talk Discussion Questions
Something Else to Do
This Advent, learn some traditional carols that have words rich with meaning. Play the carols during dessert, at bedtime, or during family devotions. This week’s carol is the traditional Christmas hymn, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” One of its verses highlights that Jesus fulfills the prophecy in Isaiah 7: “In Bethlehem in Jewry / This blessed babe was born / And laid within a manger / Upon this blessed morn / That which his mother Mary / Did nothing take in scorn / O tidings of comfort and joy.”
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