Like a branch that sprouts from a stump, someone from David's family will someday be king.
The Spirit of the LORD will be with him to give him understanding, wisdom, and insight.
He will be powerful, and he will know and honor the LORD.
His greatest joy will be to obey the LORD.
This king won't judge by appearances or listen to rumors.
The poor and the needy will be treated with fairness and with justice.
Ask your parents what these verses mean. How do they make you feel? What do they tell us about God? What do you think they mean for people who are forced to work without pay? What do you think they mean for us at Christmas?
Then say this prayer:
Dear Jesus, you are wise and powerful and good and fair! Thank you for being just. Help me to have joy in obeying you. Help me to treat poor and needy people with fairness and justice and to love them like you do. Amen.
Then color this color sheet and think about the hope that the branch that Isaiah was talking about means...especially for poor and needy people.