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Jesus’ Birth through the Eyes of Isaiah: Newsroom Interview worksheets
Written by Carol Hulbert for First United Methodist Church
120 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Copyright 2009 First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, MI.
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SCENE 1 – PREP WORK

 

Characters:  News Anchors # 1 and Isaiah

Optional: News Anchor # 2

 

Step 1:

 

Research – Everyone read page 154 in the Children’s Illustrated Bible, paying attention to Isaiah’s vision (from Isaiah chapter 6).

 

Note: Seraphs are six-winged angels.

 

 

What did Isaiah see in the Temple?

 

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What did Isaiah say, when he realized God was there?

 

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How was Isaiah’s sin cleansed? 

 

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What did God ask and what was Isaiah’s answer?

 

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Step 2:

 

Use your answers from above to create a script for your newscast. In scene 1, the News Anchor(s) will open the news show, and do a live interview of Isaiah. (You may ask Isaiah other questions if you think it will help everyone learn about him.)

 

Note: In the final scene of the news show, the News Anchors will sign off for the news program.

 


SCENE 1 - SCRIPT

 

News Anchor 1: Good morning from Jerusalem. I am __________________ reporting from WFUMC.

News Anchor 2: And I’m __________________, here with today’s news.

 

News Anchor 1:  The top story today deals with the gold articles from the Palace and the Temple. King Ahaz has collected these treasures to send to Assyria.  Some people are grumbling about sending so much money to an empire, which threatens to invade the city, but others, think more should be sent.  The people are afraid of an invasion.

 

News Anchor 2: In other news, a local prophet was making a disturbance of his own today. He was challenging King Ahaz to trust God.

Jerusalem has always had its share of noisy prophets. The local population is tired of hearing these people bringing messages from God.

Leave us alone they say! Today we have in our studio, this prophet, Isaiah. Let’s hear what Isaiah has to say.

 

News Anchor 1: Isaiah, I understand that you had an unusual experience in the Temple?

 

Isaiah will say: 

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News Anchor 2:  A prophet’s job is to bring messages to the people.  How do you know what messages to say to people?

 

Isaiah answers: 

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News Anchor 1:  How does it feel when people sometimes don’t want to hear what you have to say?

 

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News Anchor 2:  Why do you keep on trying to give people God’s message?

 

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News Anchor 1:  Thank you Isaiah for being with us.

 

Isaiah:  My pleasure. May the Lord be with you.

 

News Anchor 2: An interesting thought – God will come among us as a baby?

 

News Anchor 1: A bit hard to imagine isn’t it. Anyone to save us from these times. (sigh) Now we go to this report in the field.

 

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SCENE 2 – PREP WORK

 

Characters:  Field Reporter(s) and Worshiper(s).

 

Step 1:

 

Research – Everyone read Isaiah 7:14

 

What sign will the Lord give?_________________________________________________

 

What does Immanuel mean? __________________________________________________

 

 

Research – Everyone read Isaiah 9:2 and 9:6

 

Do you think that people at this time in history were feeling pretty good, or gloomy and worried?

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What do you think Isaiah’s prophecy in 9:6 means? _____________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Step 2:

 

Use your answers from above to write a script for the newscast. In scene 2, the Field Reporter(s) will interview Worshiper(s)outside the Temple. These worshipers have heard Isaiah give his prophecy. (If you have more than one reporter, share the questions.

If you have more than one Worshiper share the responses.) (You may ask more questions if you’d like!)

 

 


SCENE 2 - SCRIPT

 

Field Reporter: This is _______________________  reporting from outside the Temple in Jerusalem.  I have with me today, a worshiper from the Temple. What is your name?

 

 

Worshiper:  My name is _____________________________________________________

 

 

Field Reporter:  I understand you heard Isaiah, when he was doing what prophets do, giving us a message from God – prophesising they call it.  What did Isaiah say?

 

Worshiper:   Isaiah said _____________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Field Reporter:  What do you think his words mean?

 

Worshiper:   _____________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Field Reporter:  What do you think it will be like to have a “Mighty God”?

 

Worshiper:   _____________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Field Reporter:  Well there you have it – live from WFUMC. Now to our next report.

 

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SCENE 3 – PREP WORK

 

Characters:  Field Reporter(s) and disciple(s) of Jesus.

 

Step 1:

 

Research – Everyone read 9:2 and 9:6-7

 

Who is the child spoken about in verse 6?  _______________________________________

 

Who is the “us” mentioned in verse 6?  __________________________________________

 

What do you think “Wonderful Counselor” means?  ___________________________________________________________________________________

 

What do these verses tell you about this coming child?  ___________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Step 2:

 

Use your answers from above to create a script for the newscast. Scenes 1 and 2 take place back around 700 BCE.

In scene 3, we jump ahead in time. (Is your head spinning?) We are now in the times of the early church, around CE 50.

The Field Reporter(s) interviews disciple(s) of Jesus asking about Isaiah’s ancient words.

(If you have more than one reporter, share the questions. If you have more than one disciple share the responses.)

 

 


SCENE 3 - SCRIPT

 

Field Reporter: This is _______________________  reporting from Jerusalem, in the year 50 CE.  I have here, a disciple of Jesus.

Tell us your name and why you are a disciple of Jesus.

 

Disciple:  _________________________________________________________________

 

Field Reporter:  You have been with Jesus through his entire ministry. How did you know that Jesus was the Messiah promised by

the prophets?

 

Disciple:  _________________________________________________________________

 

 

Field Reporter:  Long ago the prophet Isaiah gave people an idea of what this Messiah would be like. Isaiah said he would be a Wonderful

Counselor. Did Jesus live up to that prophecy of Isaiah?

 

Disciple:  Yes, well you know a counselor is someone who listens carefully and gives good advise.

Why I remember Jesus saying __________________________________________

 

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Field Reporter: Well there you have it – a disciple’s view.  Now to our next report.

 

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SCENE 4 – PREP WORK

 

Characters: Field Reporter(s) and Modern-day Sunday’s Cool student(s).

 

Step 1:

 

Characters: Field Reporter(s) and Modern-day Sunday’s Cool student(s).

 

Research – Everyone read Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6

 

Who are these verses speaking about – who is coming?  ____________________________

 

What does Immanuel mean? __________________________________________________

 

How does it change the way you live, to know that it was predicted that a son would be born and it actually happened? __________

 

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Isaiah described this coming Savior with many words including “Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace”. How do these words help you to understand what Jesus is like?  _________________________________________________________________

 

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Step 2:

 

Use your answers from above to create a script for the newscast. The news show will jump ahead to 2009! The Field Reporter(s) interview students about Isaiah’s ancient words. (If you have more than one reporter, share the questions. If you have more than one student share the responses.)

 

 


SCENE 4 - SCRIPT

 

Field Reporter: This is _______________________  reporting from Ann Arbor in 2009.  I am in a Sunday’s Cool class at FUMC.  Tell us your name and why you are here.

 

Student:  ___________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Field Reporter:  Were you aware of God's promise, recorded in the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, to send a child, God's own son,

to the people? 

 

Student:  ____________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Field Reporter:  What have you recently learned about Isaiah?

 

Student:  ____________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Field Reporter: How does your view of Christmas change, now that you know Jesus’ birth was planned by God way in advance?

 

Student: __________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Field Reporter: How does the name “Prince of Peace” help you understand God's promises? 

 

Student:  ____________________________________________________________________________

 

Field Reporter: That’s all from the field.  Now back to the studio.

 

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