"Jesus is Coming" Sunday School Lesson from Isaiah 9:6

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Throughout the Old Testament God said that He would send Jesus and He was faithful in doing so.  Through this lesson preschool children will learn that God always keeps His promises.  Isaiah 9:6 says teaches us that Jesus is coming and that the will “be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah told of Jesus’ coming many years before Jesus’ birth and God’s people looked for Jesus for many years.  Our kids will learn that Jesus is a very good gift from God.
Lesson Title:   Jesus is Coming (Isaiah 9:6)
Bible Reference: Isaiah 9:6
Target Age Group: Preschool
Learning Context: Sunday School
Target Time Frame: 1 ½ hour
Learning Aim:  God promised His people that He would send Jesus and God always keeps His promises.
Materials Needed:

  1. Music CD from Sunday School Hour
  2. Several Pieces of Newspaper
  3. Baby Jesus (A small baby toy or picture that can be Baby Jesus)
  4. Construction Paper with JESUS written on it
  5. Glue
  6. Small pieces of colorful tissue paper
  7. Stickers

Optional Coloring Page: Click on the preview to the right to view this free nativity coloring page from our website. This is a helpful addition to the lesson plan.
You say the Italicized words.  Non-italicized words are directions. 
Bible Story: Jesus is Coming
You say the Italicized words.  Non-italicized words are directions.
Say: This morning, during Sunday School hour, you learned that someone is coming.  Who is coming?  Jesus!  That’s right, Jesus is coming.  God told a man named Isaiah that Jesus was coming and we know that God always keeps his promises.  When Isaiah said that Jesus was coming no one knew exactly who he was or how long with would be before he came to Earth.  But Isaiah used words like Wonderful, Mighty, Everlasting, and Prince of Peace to describe him so everyone knew He was going to be awesome.  Let’s act of our Bible Verse to learn more about what Jesus is like.  
Read the verse and then act it out together.  Repeat as long as the activity holds the kids interest.
Act out the Verse:    
Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Say:                                                     Motion:
And He will be called                         Point Up
Wonderful Counselor,                        Clap Hands 3 times on the word Wonderful
Mighty God,                                       Put your fist in the air like you’re strong
Everlasting Father,                              Stretch your arms out as for as you can
Prince of Peace.                                  Put hands on your head like a crown.
Say: The Bible says that Jesus is wonderful.  What does wonderful mean? Allow for responses.  Wonderful means that He is very, very good.  The Bible says that He is Mighty.  What does mighty mean?  Allow for responses.  Mighty means that He is extremely powerful and strong.  The Bible says that He is the Everlasting Father.  What does everlasting mean?  Allow for responses.  It means that He has no beginning and no end.  Jesus is going to live forever!  The Bibles says that Jesus is the Prince of Peace.  What does that mean?  Allow for responses.  It means that Jesus will be the leader that brings peace to His people. 
Newspaper Game: Tell Everyone that Jesus is Coming
Say: Doesn’t Jesus sound wonderful?  Everyone was very excited to hear that was coming.  Isaiah told everyone to be on the look out for Jesus.  (Hold up a newspaper)  This is a newspaper.  We use it as a way to share news with other people.  Isaiah didn’t have a newspaper to write in but He did write about Jesus in the Bible and told everyone he knew.
Let’s use our newspapers to play a game and tell others that Jesus is coming.  Everyone gets one piece of newspaper to stand on and must stay on their newspaper.  Encourage the class to stay on their piece of newspaper while they throw a newspaper ball back and forth to one another.  Each time they throw the ball they should say, “Hey ______, Jesus is coming!” and then toss it to that person.  See how long you can keep the ball from hitting the floor.  Play as long as the class is interested.
Where is Jesus?
Before class, hide a small baby Jesus somewhere in the room.  A small toy baby doll will work or just a picture of baby Jesus.  Say: God promised his people that Jesus was coming and God always keeps His promises.  Because of God’s promise the people were excited.  They had to wait a very long time for Jesus to come.  Let’s play a game about waiting for Jesus to come.
Tell the class that there is a pretend baby Jesus somewhere in the classroom.  Encourage them to work together to find baby Jesus.  Hide the baby Jesus again if your kids want to keep playing!
Say: Once God’s people knew that Jesus was coming they waited and looked for Him all the time.  God’s people had to wait a very long time before Jesus came.  Did you have to wait long to find Jesus?  Probably not very long.  But we knew that Jesus was somewhere in the room and we found Him.  Everyone was very excited when Jesus was born just like you were excited to find our Jesus.
Waiting for Jesus Game
Place the newspapers back on floor.  There should be one piece of newspaper for each kid.  Play music and as long as the music is playing the kids should dance or walk around the room.  When the music stops they must stand on a piece of newspaper.   Play music again and they will walk around the room until the music stops again, and they will jump back onto a different piece of newspaper then the one they were on the last time.  Play as long as desired.
(You may want to tape down the pieces of newspaper if the kids are slipping on them.)
When the game is over say: Was it hard to wait for the music to stop to jump onto the newspaper?  You had to wait until it was time to jump on the newspaper.  God’s people had to wait too for Jesus to come.  They knew He was coming because God told them He was and God always keeps His promises.  
Learn Jesus’ Name
Write “Jesus” on a piece of construction paper.  Cover the letters in glue.  Let the kids cover the glue with tiny pieces of colorful tissue paper.  Encourage them to cover every part of the name.  While the kids work explain that Jesus’ birth is something to be celebrated because He would one day save the world.  Also, remind them that His name is Jesus but He is also called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(A less messy version of this would be to cover the letters with stickers.)
Review Game
Start the review by saying the Bible Verse with Motions again.
Sit in a circle with the class and ask yes or no review questions.  If the answer is yes they should stand up and say “Jesus is Coming.”  If the answer is no they stay sitting.

  1. God told Isaiah that Jesus was coming. (Yes)
  2. Isaiah didn’t tell anyone that Jesus was coming. (No.  Isaiah told everyone)
  3. Jesus was called Wonderful. (Yes)
  4. Jesus was called Mighty. (Yes)
  5. Jesus was called Sleepy. (No)
  6. Jesus was called Everlasting. (Yes)
  7. Jesus was called Peace. (Yes)
  8. God’s people waited a long time for Jesus to come. (Yes)
  9. Isaiah wrote about Jesus in the Newspaper. (No. He wrote about it in the Bible.)
  10. God keeps His promises. (Yes)

Close in prayer, thanking God for sending Jesus to be our Savior.

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