What is the Jesse Tree?
The Jesse Tree is a story that is pieced together every day during advent, bringing about a complete picture of Jesus. Every day, a special ornament is put on the tree. The ornaments represent stories from the Old and New Testaments that tell of Christ, our Savior. This activity tells the entire Christmas story – the 4,000 year long redemption plan of God!
The tradition is called the Jesse Tree in reference to Isaiah 11:1-2. God’s people were living in exile and separation from God. They were as a stump, cut away and bare.
But then… Jesus.
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—
and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.
That Branch of life, hope, and restoration? That’s Jesus!
Want to Start Your Own Jesse Tree?
The Jesse Tree is a lovely Christ-centered Christmas tradition for your family and there are many ways to do one!
Join me today at Blessed Beyond a Doubt to find some great ideas and resources for starting your own Jesse Tree.
For more inspiration, check out my Jesse Tree board on Pinterest. It’s growing all year!