What is a Jesse Tree?
A Jesse Tree is an advent project. Each day you color or make an ornament that represents a bit of the lineage of Christ. The tree begins with the story of Jesse and then creation and stretches through the Old and New Testaments until we reach the wonderful story of the birth of Jesus.
The tree gets its name from Jesse, the father of David. The first day’s scripture is Isaiah 11:1-2 – “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord.” This branch came in the form of a babe, and through the scriptures for each ornament, you can see God weaving the stories into place to ready the world for the coming Messiah.
How does the Jesse Tree work?
The Jesse Tree takes place December 1 through 25. It’s similar to an advent calendar, but it’s more about tracing the history of the coming of Jesus.
Each day read the scripture, discuss the question, pray, and color or make the corresponding ornament if you wish. Hang your ornaments on a small tree, some branches in a vase, or whatever works for you. There’s no right or wrong way to do it.
If you miss a day, don’t worry. You can do more than one another day, or even next year!
May you and your family be blessed by this time together as you wait and prepare for the coming of the Messiah.
References: Portions of these devotions were written by the Reformed Church in America. http://www.rca.org/resources/jesse-tree-family-devotions?pid=1628 and edited or written for Gloria Dei by Beth Tobin, 2014. “Unwrapping the Greatest Gift” Ann Voskamp ISBN 978-1-4143-9754-2