Isaiah, Prophet to Judah – Isaiah 6 & 53

Isaiah 53 is one of the most vivid descriptions of Jesus the Christ found in all of Scripture. (Fun fact: because the passage gives such a clear picture of Jesus as the Christ, the passage is STILL omitted on the yearly reading schedule in many Jewish synagogues and has at various times and places been forbidden for Jews to read!) How was Isaiah able to give such a clear picture of the Messiah, whom he had never met? Remember, he wrote the description more than 700 years before Jesus was even born!

For starters, we need to look at Isaiah 6. This passage describes the transformation that occurs whenever anyone sees God as He is – awesome, BIG, beautiful, and holy, holy, holy. Whenever we see God as He is, we see ourselves as we truly are – SINFUL!! Only when we are overcome by our sin and fall helpless at God’s feet are we ready to receive God’s atonement. In this passage, atonement came metaphorically to Isaiah in the form of a burning coal, taken from the altar where sacrifices were burned. It represents the once-forever-sacrifice that would be offered for the sins of all humanity 700 years later – Jesus Christ Himself. When Isaiah saw God in all His glory and realized the extent of his own sinfulness, he readily received God’s atonement and was prepared to serve as one of God’s greatest messenger of judgment for Judah. He also gave the message of hope that God provides in Jesus Christ alone. 

Each of our kids must wrestle with these questions:  Who is God? Who am I? How will I respond to God’s offer of redemption found in Jesus alone? As we look at these passages with our kids, let’s pray that they will be overcome by God’s awesomeness and His goodness in providing His own precious Son to be our sin offering. “It was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer” … Isa. 53:10. Why? Because of His incredibly great love for us!

Game – Guess Who? – think of someone the kids know (someone famous or someone in the room/ someone they all know). Begin giving kids hints about who is on your mind. See how few hints are required for kids to guess the person of whom you’re thinking.  Explain that Isaiah gave hints about who the Messiah would be so that people would recognize him when He arrived. 

Activity – Match Old Testament to New Testament – have kids match prophecies from Isaiah 53 about Jesus to New Testament fulfillments of those prophecies. (See verses at end of document). Discuss:

  • Read Isaiah 53 from NIrV. Ask kids to stand anytime they hear something Jesus did for us.
  • (2) He gave up the splendor of heaven to become an ordinary person
  • (3) He suffered so that He could understand our temptations and trials.
  • (4) He took the punishment for our sins.
  • (5) As Jesus hung on the cross, He paid the penalty we should have paid for our sins.
  • (7-8) Jesus didn’t defend Himself because He didn’t want to be rescued. He CHOSE to suffer and die for us.
  • (9-10) Even before God created people, He knew that one day His Son would give His life to pay for people’s sins. Why then did He even create people? Our God loves us. He IS love. 
  • (11) We are sinful, but Jesus alone can make us godly when we receive Him as our Savior and give our hearts and lives to Him.
  • (12) Jesus gave His life for us. He became one of us.
  • Ask: how can we respond to all Jesus has done for us? Give our lives to Him; live to please Him; praise Him; worship Him

Additional questions:

What did you learn about God/Jesus?

  • God is a compassionate, forgiving God.
  • God planned for His own precious Son, Jesus, to die.
  • God loves us.
  • God wants us to see Him in all His glory.

What did you learn about people?

  • When people see God as He is, they realize their own sinfulness and smallness.
  • People change when they hear God’s truth and repent of their sins.

What did you learn about yourself?

  • I want to remember how holy God is and how sinful I am.
  • I want to obediently follow God’s leading in my life.
  • I want to value what God thinks is important.