A Messianic Message
(Isaiah 7 - 9)
By Lorenzo Lotto
The prophecies of Isaiah included many hopeful messages, pointing to the coming of the redeeming Savior of the world. At the same time, Isaiah boldly confronted the leaders of his day with the Lord’s truth. Intriguingly, this Old Testament prophet spoke of both justice and mercy, judgment and deliverance.
Today’s Scripture readings include several favorite and familiar verses, which warrant memorization. Many hymns and songs have been written, based upon these treasured lines.
How many of these prophetic passages can you complete from memory?
“Therefore the Lord __________
will give you a __________:
The virgin will be with child
and will give __________ to a Son,
and will call Him Immanuel.”
“The people walking in __________
have seen a great __________;
on those living in the land of the __________ of death
a __________ has dawned.”
“For to us a Child is born,
to us a __________ is given,
and the __________ will be on His shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful __________, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, __________ of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
there will be no __________.
He will reign on __________'s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with __________ and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the __________Almighty
will accomplish this.”
Although we ponder these passages of the Old Testament at Christmas, printing these lines on our holiday greetings, we may truly rejoice at all times for the coming of our glorious Lord. He was, and He is, and He will always be our Redeemer and King. And He is coming again.
Will you pray with me?
You know the end from the beginning,
For You are not bound by the restrictions of time.
You created all,
And You hold all our days.
How we thank You
For Your glorious plan
Sending and sacrificing
Your own Son,
The eternal Prince of Peace,
Our Wonderful Counselor
And everlasting King.
We praise You.