Jesse Tree - Advent Journey

It’s Advent.  You are invited to engage the Jesse Tree journey as you await the celebration of Christmas and remember the arrival of our Savior Jesus Christ.  We prepare in many ways for Christmas.  How might we prepare our hearts and spirits to receive afresh the grace and love of our God in Jesus Christ this Christmas season?  This journey is for all of us - adults and children alike.  Let’s  wait with purpose by turning our lives toward Christ’s story as revealed throughout the Scriptures.

The Jesse Tree is a journey through the stories on Jesus’s family tree, rooted in Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” Jesse was the father of David, Israel’s greatest king.  And Jesus is descended from the line of David. He is the branch God promised would grow from Jesse’s family tree. 

Begin the first Sunday of Advent, November 29 and continue through Christmas Day.  Each daily tab includes the Scripture, a devotional about Jesus’ family tree and a step of application.  Each day has a corresponding ornament (see Ornament PDF).  See how God prepared the way for Jesus arrival throughout many generations. Choose a tree upon which to hang your ornaments.  Download ornaments, color, cut them, add a string or twine for hanging.  There are also downloadable coloring pages for each day.  Suggestions for your tree:

  • Choose a tree branch without leaves that has a main branch with lots of smaller branches attached to it. The tree branch should be about two to three feet long. Place the branch in a bucket of dirt or rocks and cover the bucket with green fabric, felt, or paper.
  • Make a mobile using a tree branch. Use fishing line to hang the branch from the ceiling. 
  • Just use a Christmas tree. A small tabletop or standing tree can make for a great Jesse Tree. You may even have one in your storage room already!
Daily Advent devotional