This is just one of the 5 posters from our 2016 Advent Coloring Posters, but we had some requests for this to be available individually. If you'd like to see the entire set that creates a giant mural, click here.
This poster celebrates the various names for the Messiah from Isaiah 9:6, although we have chosen to use non-gendered language.
When you order this product, you will immediately be able to download the digital files. You will receive:
- Banner image files that are sized to be printed out on two 2' x 3' posters (which can be done at Staples or other office stores).
- A banner image file that is sized to be printed out on one 2' x 6' poster (if you have access to a printer who can print that size).
- The image also comes on 8.5" x 11" and 11" x 17" paper sizes.
- Instructions for printing the files.
Theology Behind the Posters
Inclusive Language: We strive to create all of our resources here at Illustrated Ministry using inclusive language. We don't do this just to be politically correct, but because we believe it's important theologically to not continue to use only masculine and patriarchal language for a God who surpasses all of those categories.
Inclusive Language in Isaiah 9:6 specifically: We love Handel's Messiah and because many of us grew up listening to that, or because we heard the King James Version of the text growing up in churches, we might be more familiar (and maybe more comfortable) with using the names of Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. However, because of our commitment to inclusive language we wanted to find a different translation for those names, which we did in the Inclusive Hebrew Scriptures. The names that we use in these posters are as follows: Wonderful Counselor, Strength of God, Eternal Protector and Champion of Peace.
We think a brief theological note from Walter Brueggemann's newest book Names for the Messiah might be helpful:
"Christian have claimed from their beginnings that Jesus was the Messiah foretold in the Hebrew Scriptures...Jesus did not replace or deny the expectations of a messiah previously told. He fulfilled them...Isaiah 9:2-7 is a well-known oracle, a divine utterance...that uses four royal titles...As we ponder the use of those titles with reference to Christmas and the birth of Jesus, two things become clear. First, in the witness to Jesus by the early Christians in the New Testament, they relied heavily on Old Testament 'anticipations' of the coming Messiah. But second, Jesus did not fit those 'anticipations' very well, such that a good deal of interpretive imagination was required in order to negotiate the connection between the anticipation and the actual bodily, historical reality of Jesus.
The oracle of Isaiah 9:2-7 is well known among us because of Handel's Messiah. The oracle did not anticipate or predict Jesus. There is no doubt that it pertained to the eighth century BCE, the time of Isaiah the prophet. While the oracle might have been utilized to announce and celebrate the birth of a new royal prince in Jerusalem, namely Hezekiah, it is more probable that it pertained to the coronation of the new king." (Brueggemann, Walter. Names for the Messiah: an Advent Study.)
We hope you enjoy this banner image - happy coloring!