Day 1 of 21

SON OF GOD 21-Day Devotional


Isaiah 9:2-7

2 The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light.

They lived in a land of shadows,

but now light is shining on them.

3You have given them great joy, Lord;

you have made them happy.

They rejoice in what you have done,

as people rejoice when they harvest grain

or when they divide captured wealth.

4For you have broken the yoke that burdened them

and the rod that beat their shoulders.

You have defeated the nation

that oppressed and exploited your people,

just as you defeated the army of Midian long ago.

5The boots of the invading army

and all their bloodstained clothing

will be destroyed by fire.

6A child is born to us!

A son is given to us!

And he will be our ruler.

He will be called, “Wonderful Counselor,”

“Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,”

“Prince of Peace.”

7 His royal power will continue to grow;

his kingdom will always be at peace.

He will rule as King David's successor,

basing his power on right and justice,

from now until the end of time.

The Lord Almighty is determined to do all this.

Week One: The Early Years

Day 1: The Prequel

Key Verse

A child is born to us! A son is given to us! And he will be our ruler. He will be called, “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,” “Prince of Peace.” -- Isaiah 9:6

Sorting It Out

The story of Jesus doesn’t begin with his birth in a barn.

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah foretold a ruler whose reign would be timeless. Over one thousand years before Jesus was born, God’s covenant with Abraham promised a descendant who would bless all people. Before time began, God had a plan to redeem a world he had not yet made.

So who was this promised Jesus?

The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Son of God. It also tells us that Jesus is God. Both the Old and New Testaments ascribe many names, descriptions, and characteristics of Jesus: Jesus is the Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus is our King (I Timothy 6:15). Jesus brings peace (Ephesians 2:14). Jesus is our Savior (Acts 13:23). Jesus is our friend (John 15:15). Why does all of this matter for us today? Over the next three weeks, we’ll be exploring who the Bible says Jesus is, looking at The Early Years, Jesus in Ministry, and The Final Days. Join us on this journey.

Your Turn

When Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered “You are the son of God.” Who do you say Jesus is?

God’s Turn

Jesus, teach me who you are. Help me learn to know you.