- Promises always create expectations. In general terms, describe the promise of Isaiah 9:6-7, and the explicit and implicit expectations.
- Read Isaiah 9:1-5 to get an understanding of how significant this prophecy is: Note how many times there is a promise of darkness or pain being removed.
- List the four “names” of the Messiah in verse 6. Explain what comes to mind with each one.
- What environment would you expect a child with these titles to be born into? How does Jesus’ birth match with this expectation?
- The Messiah will be the “Everlasting Father” and “Mighty God,” but also “rule on the throne of David.” Why is this key to understanding Jesus?
- Why is the last phrase of verse 7 so important?
- What expectations do you have for Christmas. What if none of them were met? How would you feel?