Jesse Tree Day 14: The Prophecy of Isaiah

Hello and welcome back to our Advent devotional, the Illustrated Jesse Tree! Today, we’re going to look at some prophecies of Isaiah, which prophesize the birth of Christ! SO. Let’s have some beautiful Christmas pictures that accompany the text, shall we? 🙂


The Prophecy of Isaiah

A Reading from the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 9:2-4, 6-7)
Isaiah, by Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier, c. 1838. The Wallace Collection, London, United Kingdom.
Isaiah, by Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier, c. 1838. The Wallace Collection, London, United Kingdom.

The people that walked in darkness, have seen a great light: to them that dwelt in the region of the shadow of death, light is risen.

The Adoration of the Magi, by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1478-82. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., United States.
The Adoration of the Magi, by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1478-82. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., United States.

For the yoke of their burden, and the rod of their shoulder, and the sceptre of their oppressor thou hast overcome, as in the day of Median.

Adoration of the Magi, by Domenico Ghirlandaio, c. 1485-88. Ospedale degli Innocenti, Florence, Italy.
Adoration of the Magi, by Domenico Ghirlandaio, c. 1485-88. Ospedale degli Innocenti, Florence, Italy.

For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace.

Virgin with the  Sleeping Child, by Sassoferrato, c. 17th century. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.
Virgin with the Sleeping Child, by Sassoferrato, c. 17th century. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.

His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of peace: he shall sit upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom; to establish it and strengthen it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth and for ever: the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Enthroned Madonna and Child, c. 1250-75. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., United States.
Enthroned Madonna and Child, c. 1250-75. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., United States.

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of four, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer.

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