Isaiah Prophesies of the Savior


And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent (John 17:3).

Isaiah was a prophet who lived in Jerusalem about 700 years before the birth of the Savior. He wrote many things about important events that had not yet taken place. The Lord said to the Nephites, “Great are the words of Isaiah,” and He promised that everything Isaiah said would happen, would happen (see 3 Ne. 23:1–3).

Many of the wonderful prophesies of Isaiah are about the Savior. “Behold,” he wrote, “a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isa. 7:14). We read in the New Testament about when this took place. Jesus was born to Mary in Bethlehem. (See Luke 2.)

As Jesus grew, He learned all that Heavenly Father wanted Him to learn. “And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord,” wrote Isaiah. Jesus learned to be kind, and fair, and merciful. Isaiah wrote that the Savior wouldn’t judge people by what He could see on the outside or by what He heard, but He would judge people with righteousness, knowing what was in their hearts. (See Isa. 11:2–4 and 1 Sam. 16:7.)

Jesus would “preach good tidings unto the meek” and would “bind up the brokenhearted,” and “proclaim liberty to the captives” (Isa. 61:1). Isaiah truly saw the wonderful things the Savior would do for us. The good tidings of the gospel teach us of His Atonement, which makes it possible for us to repent when we make mistakes. He suffered for each one of us. “Surely,” Isaiah wrote, “he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. …

“He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities [wrongdoings]; … and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isa. 53:4–5.)

The scriptures teach us of the Savior, and Isaiah is one of the prophets who wrote about Him.

Mount the flannel-board figures on heavier paper, color them, and cut them out. Use them to tell about some of the prophecies of Isaiah concerning the Savior.

Isaiah writes about Christ(click to view larger)

Isaiah writing on a scroll; The Savior teaching a child; Mary holding Baby Jesus; The Savior on the Cross; The New Testament. (Illustrated by Beth Whittaker.)

[illustration] Painting by Harry Anderson