Journey to the Manger: Isaiah

Lauren and Jackson made scrolls depicting the prophecy God gave to Isaiah.

Lauren and Jackson made scrolls depicting the prophecy God gave to Isaiah.

Today’s Journey to the Manger introduced us to Isaiah the prophet.

Isaiah the prophet

Isaiah the prophet

Isaiah lived during dark times. His people, the Israelites, were oppressed and frightened. Some even felt like God had abandoned them. As a family, we could relate to being scared and facing our fears. We split up into two teams and drew pictures of things that made us feel afraid. Snakes, the dark, bats, mice, spiders, water and skeletons made our lists.

God knows our fears, and He knew what the Israelites faced during Isaiah’s days. God chose to speak words of hope and redemption to Isaiah to share with those who had given up. God revealed His plan to come to Earth to personally rescue them from their sin.

Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel, God With Us.

– Isaiah 7:14

God is with us! We don’t have to be afraid. God loved us so much that He came here to save us. Tonight, we wadded up our fear drawings and threw them in the trash, because our God is bigger than our fear. We can trust in His love and His plan.

After discussing the fears we drew, the kids had a ball scrunching up their papers and then throwing them in the trash. We don't have to be scared. God can help!

After discussing the fears we drew, the kids had a ball crunching up their papers and then throwing them in the trash. We don’t have to be scared. God can help!

Click here to learn more about celebrating Advent with your family this Christmas, including access to a Scripture plan, free downloads and activity ideas. For more on Journey to the Manger, an advent experience from Focus on the Family, visit the Thriving Family website.

Call him Jesus

Jackson, me and the Jesus ornament

Jackson, me and the Jesus ornament

Christmas Countdown Day 11 focused on the name of Jesus. As Joseph slept, an angel spoke to his heart. Joseph was introduced to the name he would give his adopted son: Jesus. That beautiful name means “to save”, and the angel told Joseph that Jesus would save us from our sins. The Gospel writer Matthew follows up this dream by referencing the prophet Isaiah, who called the Messiah the name Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” Our ornament today was made out of the name of Jesus. As we talked together as a family, we thanked Jesus for coming to be with us and save us!