11 December, 2009

The Jesse Tree

I promised to share Christmas traditions, so here's one we've started. (I realized that many of our new "traditions" won't happen until Christmas day, and it would be fun to post pictures.)

This is a Jesse Tree. It is a pictorial representation of the lineage of Jesse, from whom came Jesus Christ. This tree was an early present from our sister Lori.
You start with 25 velcro patches, to which are affixed 25 ornaments.

Starting on December 1st, you read Scripture that chronicles the story of Jesus.
As you can see, the ornaments are replaced by felt figures that represent the Bible passages read...we begin with Creation, then the fall of man, the salvation of Noah and the promise to never flood the earth, and we will work our way through to the second coming and eternal reign of Christ.We have a handy-dandy binder that has all the verse references in it, and all the figures for the tree enclosed as well.

The italicized references are the shortened version, so if you are short on time you get the same picture, but it doesn't take quite so long to read.

We've really been enjoying this! It will be fun next year when Ava is old enough to put the figures on herself. :)

I just want to share the verse that is on the front of the binder, and the verse that culminates the Jesse Tree.

"Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots will bear fruit...
with righteousness He will judge the poor,
and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth...
Then in that day the nations will resort to the root of Jesse,
Who will stand as a signal for the peoples;
and His resting place will be glorious."
Isaiah 11:1, 4, 10

(December 25th reading)
" 'The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!' "
Revelation 11:15b

The Jesse Tree is a beautiful picture, and also a reminder that
Christ will return and claim His own!
Are you ready?

"Believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and you WILL be saved..."
Acts 16:31

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