Friday, September 17, 2010

Jesse Tree Ornaments - Finished!

They're done! The boys helped me finish making our felt Jesse Tree ornaments this past weekend. I also finished working on the explanation of a Jesse Tree and the planned readings for each day of December. (You'll find that information below.) Now come Christmastime, we'll have another tradition set in place to help us focus on the true and precious meaning of the season.

The Jesse Tree serves as a visual reminder of anticipation in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It recounts God’s faithfulness throughout the centuries in providing a line of descendants through whom the Messiah, Jesus Christ, would come. The symbols hung on the branches of the Jesse Tree represent many of those descendants, as well as others who were part of the Plan.

The significance of the name, Jesse Tree, comes from the verse, Isaiah 11:1: “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.” Jesus Christ is a descendant of King David, the youngest son of the man named Jesse. A new shoot is a symbol of hope and anticipation in that which will come. We celebrate in anticipation of the Second Coming the Hope that is found in the Person of Jesus Christ.

December 1 – The Branch – Jesse
Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10 and I Samuel 16:1-13

December 2 – The World – God
Reading: Genesis 1:1-2:3

December 3 – The Snake & The Apple – Adam & Eve
Reading: Genesis 2:4-3:24

December 4 – The Ark – Noah
Reading: Genesis 6:9-9:17

December 5 – The Star – Abraham
Reading: Genesis 12:1-7 and 15:1-6

December 6 – The Ram – Isaac
Reading: Genesis 22:1-19

December 7 – The Ladder – Jacob
Reading: Genesis 27:41-28:22

December 8 – The Coat – Joseph
Reading: Genesis 37 and 45

December 9 – The Burning Bush – Moses
Reading: Exodus 2 and 3

December 10 – The Lamb - Moses & Aaron
Reading: Exodus 12:1-13:10

December 11 – The Tablets – Moses & God
Reading: Exodus 19:1-20:17

December 12 – The City Wall – Joshua
Reading: Joshua 1:1-11, 6:1-20

December 13 – The Water Pitcher – Gideon
Reading: Judges 7

December 14 – The Crown – Samuel
Reading: I Samuel 3:1-31, 9:1-10:9

December 15 – The Shepherd’s Crook – David
Reading: I Samuel 16:1-13 and II Samuel 5:1-5

December 16 – The Stone Altar – Elijah
Reading: I Kings 18:17-46

December 17 – The Tent – Hezekiah
Reading: II Kings 18:1-18, 19:32-37

December 18 – The Whale – Jonah
Reading: Jonah 1 and 2

December 19 – The Watch Tower – Habakkuk
Reading: Habakkuk 1:1-2:1, 3:16-19

December 20 – The Sandals – John the Baptist
Reading: Luke 3:1-20

December 21 – The Heart – Mary, the Mother of Jesus
Reading: Luke 1:26-38, 2:15-20

December 22 – The Hammer – Joseph, the Father of Jesus
Reading: Matthew 1:19-25

December 23 – The Light That Guides – The Three Magi
Reading: Matthew 2:1-12

December 24 – The Cradle – The Baby Jesus
Reading: Luke 2:1-17

December 25 – The Cross – The Son of God
Reading: John 1:1-34


Ghadeer said...

That sounds interesting! We Muslims also believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ.

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Anonymous said...

I am always looking for unusual ways to share the Redemption Story of God's love through His Son Jesus! We're going to use your idea for our December devotions! If you don't mind, I am going to link this post to my Monday post. Thanks!

Cary ~ My Wool Mitten at Serenity Farms said...

I hadn't visited your blog for some time, but am sure glad I did this early morning...have enjoyed reading back through some of your summer posts, you have such a friendly way with words and stories and the photos are wonderful! Just like spending the morning catching up with a dear friend ;) Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Where did you find the patterns for the ornaments? Or did you make your own patterns?

Yaying said...

I am also a mom with three boys, but a 'less-experienced' one. They are now 5.5, 3.5, and 1.5 years old. Thank you for the kind sharing of the lovely patterns and wonderful scriptures for the Jesse Three. May you have a wonderful Christmas season with families and all!

Yaying said...

I am also a mother with three boys, but a "less-experienced" one. They are now 5.5, 3.5, and 1.5 years old now.
Thank you for the kind sharing of the wonderful ideas. I will also use them during this wonderful season.
I think I will have a lot more to learn from you! ^_^
May you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas season with familities and all! God bless you!