Sunday Connect Lesson for January 1, 2023

Isaiah ministered and wrote during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. These kings reigned from 767 BC to 686 BC.

Study the Word: Isaiah's prophecies include a series of passages known as the "Servant Songs," describing the Messiah who would come. The prophecy of the Suffering Servant found its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

Key Truth: Jesus was despised and rejected by those He came to save (Isaiah 5:2:13-53:3). Physical rejection was only a small part of His suffering.

Key Truth: Jesus paid the penalty for our sins (Isaiah 53:4-9). As a pure sacrifice, Jesus willingly laid down His life for others.

Key Truth: Jesus is highly exalted because He suffered to save us (Isaiah 53:10-12). Jesus' death was no accident. God accepted his sinless life as a guilt offering to pay the punishment for our sins. Then God exalted Him and gave Him highest honors.

Family Connection: Continue the discussion after church! How was Isaiah able to write about things that would happen to Jesus hundreds of years later? What did Jesus come to do for us? Why did Jesus have to pay the penalty for our sins? How do you feel when you think about what Jesus did for you?

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