Day: Advent 2A
Lectionary Passage: Isaiah 11:1-10
Scripture Focus: Isaiah 11:1-5
Object: Stock photos of different people
Welcome boys and girls. It’s so great to see you all this morning. I wonder if you can help me with something. I brought several pictures with me and I am searching for creative ways to describe each person. This is a picture of (name first person pictured). What are some things we can say to describe her/him? (Allow the children to provide answers, perhaps describing clothing, features, etc.). Wow, you guys are really good at this, let’s try another… (you can do the same thing for one or two more pictures to make clear the message that we often describe people by their outward appearance or clothing). Awesome job describing all kinds of different things about these people.
That reminds me of our Scripture passage today from Isaiah. It describes the Messiah who is going to be born on Christmas Day. Of course, we know that is Jesus, but I wonder how Isaiah describes him? Let’s read (read the descriptive words only) spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and love of God, and he will wear a belt of faithfulness and righteousness. Well that’s a really different way to describe someone! It doesn’t say anything about what Jesus looks like or the kind of clothes he wears. Instead, Isaiah is describing the way Jesus will act and treat others. It’s much more important for us to know Jesus will be wise and understanding, he will help others, love God, and always be faithful and righteous.
Isaiah wanted everyone to know the promised Messiah, Jesus, was a very special person who was worthy of our worship and praise.
Let’s pray: Holy God, we tie you thanks for sending your Son Jesus Christ. Help us to learn more about him in the days leading up to his birth on Christmas. Amen.