The story of Jesus being born, living his life, and dying for our sins is something we often talk with our kids about. Be it in Children’s Church, Sunday School, or Bible class… we are always bringing the stories back to this: God sent his Son to be born on Earth, and then to take away our sins. The kids know this, but do they know about the verses prophesying Jesus?
In the Bible– all throughout the old testament– there are verses prophesying Jesus’ birth and life.
I love to take my students through these verses, because it shows that God had a plan all along. God knew what was going to happen, and he made it happen.
The other lesson I like to pull out of these is how long it took for Jesus to come to Earth. There are verses prophesying Jesus’ birth thousands of years before his birth.
Why is this important? Sometimes God gives us a promise, and we want it to be immediate. But it isn’t always immediate– sometimes it takes a while before the promise will be fulfilled. He does, however, always fulfill his promises.
Along with the verses below, you can grab a free printable of the verses by clicking here. You can give this to your students to help them remember, or put it on the wall to decorate your classroom!
What should I do with these verses?
So if you’re thinking, “Verses about prophesying is great, Becca, but what do I do with them?”
I have an answer for you.
Actually I have two.
- Do Sword Drills! Sword Drills are a fun game to learn about the Bible. You can read all about them by clicking on this post. You can also get a free set of Sword Drills by clicking here. Basically, students race to be the first person to find the verse in the Bible. This helps cut down on the endless turning of pages that normally happens.
- Easter egg hunt! I do this most years. I put the verses– or just the reference– inside of Easter eggs and hide them around the room. The students find them, and then read through them. This is a really fun opener to a lesson– plus it gets kids up and active.
Verses Prophesying Jesus
All the way back with Abraham and Isaac, God already knew that one day he would send Jesus down to Earth. Jesus would be part of the lineage, and would allow the covenant to continue.
Literally, in the first book of the Bible God already had his plan figured out.
That’s some serious planning.
Not only did God plan to continue the covenant, but he also already established that Jesus would create a kingdom that rules forever.
I always find these verses funny in a sad kind of way, because I assume that people read them and thought actual, physical kingdoms– but that’s now what God had in mind.
Out of all of the verses prophesying Jesus, this is probably the most important one. It tells exactly what will happen– hundreds of years before it actually happens.
Out of Egypt I called my son.
God already knew that Jesus would have to go to Egypt, but would return when called.
Also, is it coincidence that Jesus went to Egypt, and the Israelites also went to Egypt? Probably not.
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I love the part of this that says “the nations”. It signifies that it will not just be the Jews who are with Jesus who live in this kingdom.
Instead, everyone gets a chance to spend their lives as Christians.
Christianity isn’t limited to any one type of person.
In Luke 4:16-21, Jesus actually tells the people at the synagogue that this has been fulfilled.
That’s super cool. Just saying.
This is another of the verses prophesying about Jesus that focuses on the fact that Jesus is bringing the nations together.
All nations and people of every language worship him.
Some of these verses are just so specific– like this one!
Jesus will come into the city riding on a colt. Not just a donkey– but a young donkey that hasn’t been ridden.
And the people will rejoice.
This verse foreshadows the fact that Jesus will be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver. Again, super, super specific.
Jesus is coming out of the Israelites– listen to him.
I love that God felt the need to tell the people to listen to Jesus.
And finally, what Jesus opens no one can shut. We are not part of the body of Christ, and no one can take that away.
These are not all of the verses that prophesy Jesus’ birth, life, and death, but it is a few. Which one is your favorite? Let us know!
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