This Christmas, as we celebrate the birth of Christ, we also remember God's saving grace that was given to us through Jesus' death on the cross. Even when Adam and Eve first sinned in the garden of Eden, God had a plan in mind to redeem His people and save them from their sins. The story of the Old Testament recounts how God demonstrated His love and faithfulness, even when His people were not obedient. Reading these stories reminds us of the many times God promised a Saviour would come. By hanging ornaments on the Jesse Tree everyday, we celebrate the faithfulness of God throughout history.
The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1, "Then shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit". God promised a discouraged nation that another King would come from Jesse's family - a greater King, who would one day reign over the whole earth. This prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Each day for the month of December, there is a passage to READ and REFLECT on, as well as a symbol that can be made into an ornament to hang on your tree. Each of these focus on the lineage of Christ, as well as God's prophecies, promises and miracles. We encourage you to read each day's passage and then hang an ornament on your Christmas tree to remind you of what God has done. You might want to make your own ornament, or cut out a paper one to hang. You can even make your own Jesse Tree.
This is a wonderful personal devotional as we prepare for Christmas, but it is also a great way for us to connect as a church family. Each day's reading will be posted on our church Facebook page. We'd love for you to share your thoughts and reflections with each other, as well as photos of your tree.
(You can also download and print each week's devotionals below)