This post is a part of the Bible Christmas Crafts for Kids series.
The Christmas Stained Glass Art was created especially for you by Jennifer Duncan from A Helping Hand Homeschool.
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us.’).” – Isaiah 7:14
This prophecy is really kind of amazing, for many reasons. Taken alone, it foreshadows the incredible fulfillment of Genesis 3:15, which was given many centuries before.
Taken in the context of Isaiah 7, this verse shows us God’s incredible faithfulness and mercy – even in the midst of our disobedience. God is faithful to us in big and small things, even when we are not.
Isaiah 7:14 is a verse that holds a lot of hope. The very first prophecy about the Messiah ever given – Genesis 3:15 – will be fulfilled, and God will be with His people.
A Little Context
Isaiah wrote and spoke to a nation that did not honor God. He lived among a people that had been set apart as the people of God, but they were not acting like it. When they felt threatened by their enemies, they tried to make military alliances instead of turning to God. They openly disobeyed God and thought it was alright because the nations surrounding them did the same thing.
But that was simply not who God called them to be.
In Isaiah 7:10, God told Ahaz, the king of Judah, to ask Him for any sign of confirmation that he chose. It could be as difficult as he wanted – “as high as heaven or as deep as the place of the dead.” Ahaz refused, and Isaiah became angry with him.
Isaiah told him that since he refused to obey the Lord, God would send His own sign. He would send His Son, Immanuel, God with us.
Two chapters later, in Isaiah 9, we learn more about Immanuel.
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
This is pretty amazing! It’s more than the people of Isaiah’s day could really understand. It’s even more than we can sometimes understand!
Just think of it: Immanuel, God with us. The One who knows us, provides for us, protects us, guides us, and gave us a way to reconcile with God. The One who knows all of our faults and weaknesses, and loves us fully anyway.
That is worth learning about, and it’s worth telling others about!
Sharing God’s Word with Art
In the Middle Ages, many people couldn’t read or write. Because of this, they couldn’t read the Bible! Priests and pastors had to figure out ways to teach Bible stories to the people they led.
One of the ways they did this was through stained glass windows in churches and cathedrals.
The windows also served other purposes, but they were made so that they told people about Bible stories. When the people listened to the stories and looked at the stained glass pictures, they were able to more easily understand.
In the same way that the people of Isaiah’s time did not really understand God’s plan, and the same way many people in the Middle Ages did not know a lot about the Bible, many people today don’t understand who Jesus really is. Sometimes, learning about Him through a piece of art can help them better understand.
Today, you get to design and make your own “stained glass” masterpiece to tell others about Jesus!
Supplies Needed to Make Your Stained Glass Art Christmas Craft for Kids
To start, you will need the following supplies:
- 1 piece of watercolor paper per student
- Watercolor paints – a basic set is fine
- Paint brush
- Black Sharpie marker
You’ll need a few supplies to make your stained glass art. You may have a few of these items already. If not, these are all fairly inexpensive and will serve you well for multiple projects.
Creating Your Stained Glass Art
1)Decide what you would like to draw.
It can be a fairly simple shape, like a heart, star of Bethlehem, or a cross.
Whatever you decide to draw, it should tell something about who Jesus is to you. What do you want other people to know about Him?
2) Draw Your Stained Glass Art Scene in Pencil
3) Paint with Watercolors
4) Trace Your Stained Glass Art with a Sharpie and Paint the Background
When it is dry, carefully trace over the pencil lines with a black Sharpie to simulate the lead lining in a real stained glass window. Wet the paper slightly with your paintbrush and lightly paint the background to give a matted effect.
If you would like, write Isaiah 7:14 or Isaiah 9:6 on your picture.
Display Your Stained Glass Art
You are ready to frame your masterpiece and display it or give it as a gift! When people ask about it, you have the perfect opportunity to explain what it means and how amazing it is that Jesus is Immanuel. He is God with us!
If you’d like, share your creations on social media with the hashtag #BibleRoadTrip. You can tag me as well! I’d love to reshare it. I’m on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also share it in the Bible Crafts for Kids community on Facebook.
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