Advent begins on
the Sunday four weeks before Christmas Day. The word "Advent" means
"coming." It refers to the coming of Jesus, the promised Messiah. The use of a Jesse Tree during the Advent season is a great way to
"show and tell" the redemption story and the "coming" of the promised Savior!
Trees date back to the middle ages. Even some ancient cathedrals have Jesse Tree
designs in their stained glass windows. The idea for a Jesse Tree is inspired
from Isaiah 11:1, A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his
roots a branch will bear fruit. (Jesse was the father of King David.) In
Matthew chapter one, the Messiah, Jesus, is traced from the line of King David,
back to Abraham.
Tree ornaments depict the Messianic line of Jesus from the Old and New
Testaments, and tell the redemption story. To
make a Jesse Tree, choose
an interesting tree branch from which to hang your ornaments, and then anchor it
in a bucket of sand; sew fabric ornaments onto a tree-shaped banner; or hang the
ornaments onto a traditional Christmas tree. (Unlike a
Tree ornament, you can
decorate Jesse Tree ornaments using various colors and adornments.)
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For Sunday School: Each week during Advent have the children make an
ornament and memorize the corresponding Scripture verse. Over the course of the Advent
your Jesse Tree will come alive with their creations!
For Home Use: Set aside one or two days a week during Advent to make a new ornament for your Jesse Tree. You might even decorate a smaller tree for your dining room
Make sure you check out the instructions for creating an Advent
Wreath, it also includes a devotional
section for your Advent preparation.
The following patterns
(see italics) are in the Chrismon-Kids book and are available in digital
ETERNITY-Trefoil. Before anything was made, God existed as three in one. CREATION- Star. God made the world and everything in it.
ADAM & EVE- Apple. Reminds us of the fall and our need for a Savior. MOSES-Stone Tablets. The Ten Commandments. God's covenant with Israel. PASSOVER-Lamb. God's faithfulness to deliver his people from bondage in Egypt.
Also depicts Jesus, our Passover Lamb. DAVID-Shepherd's Staff and/or Crown. David, the shepherd boy who became a king. ANGEL-An Angel announces the birth of Messiah.
EPIPHANY OR NATAL STAR-The wise men followed the star that led to the King.
BIRTH OF JESUS- Manger
JESUS' BAPTISM-A Water Jug. John The Baptist used water to baptize Jesus.
JESUS' ANOINTING-Dove. The dove descended on Jesus, marking the beginning of his earthly ministry.
JESUS, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD- Candle
JESUS IS THE VINE-We are the branches.
JESUS- Chi-Rho Symbol- Early Christians used the first two letters of the Greek word,
XPICTOC, as a secret sign meaning 'Christ'.
LAST SUPPER- Chalice. The wine symbolizes his blood, to cleanse our sins. CRUCIFIXION- The Cross. Jesus' death, our redemption. HEART-The heart depicts that God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. RESURRECTION- Lightning Bolt. Lightning depicts God's awesome power to raise Jesus
from the dead! PENTECOST- Tongues of Fire
THE CHURCH- Key FISH- "Fishers of men." Go into all the world and preach the
Gospel. HEAVEN-Crown. He shall reign forever and ever.
Other symbols may be added to your Jesse Tree. Use your creativity to design more
ornaments that tell the story of Jesus, the branch that would bear fruit!