Originally Posted December 12, 2010
Below are days 13-19 for the Jesse Tree. You can find days 1-5 here and 6-12 here.
Day 13- Prophecy of Shoot from the Stump of Jesse
Symbol: a stump with fresh shoot or leaf
Memory Verse: John 1:14
Hymns to Sing: Jesus, Name Above All Names; O Come, O Come Emmanuel; Redeeming Love
Scriptures: Isaiah 11:1-5; John 1:14
Devotion: It is from this symbol that we get the name of our tree- the Advent Jesse Tree. Do you know who Jesse was ? He was the father of David, the king who established the royal family. A thousand years later, Jesus would be born into this royal line in Bethlehem. The stump represents Jesse. The Green leaf is Jesus.
Questions: Who is the stump? Who is the green leaf?
Day 14- Prophecy of the Lion and the Lamb Resting Together
Symbol: lion and lamb
Memory Verse Isaiah 11:10
Hymns to Sing: Doxology; Surely Goodness and Mercy, O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Scripture: Isaiah 11:6-10
Devotion: What do you see in this symbol? (lion and lamb) Is the lion hurting the lamb? (no) Do you remember when God made the earth in the beginning? Everything was perfect! The animals lived with each other and there was peace. Everything praised Him before sin came to spoil His wonderful creation. One day our world will be like this again. The lions will lie down with the lambs, the cows will eat supper with the bears, and nothing will ever hurt His children again. God will make every creature kind and gentle. There won’t be any sickness, fighting or death! This will all happen when Jesus comes again!
Questions: Will the lion hurt children some day? When will all of this happen?
Day 15 Prophecy of the Prince of Peace
Symbol: a dove and crown
Memory Verse: John 14:27
Hymns to Sing: I’ve Got Peace Like a River; Hark, the Herald Angels Sing; Let There Be Peace on Earth
Scriptures: Isaiah 9:6-7; John 14:27
Devotion: There are many names we can use to describe Jesus, can you think of some? (Savior, Light of the World, Messiah, etc.) Do you know what the dove symbolizes? (Peace) What do you think of when you see a crown? (a king or a prince) Another name the bible gives Jesus is Prince of Peace. It is found in our verses today. Read Isaiah 9:6-7. We are so glad that Jesus came teaching us to love and not to fight with others. He truly is our Prince of Peace.
Questions: When Jesus came did He bring an army? Did Jesus live a life of love and peace?
Day 16- Prophecy of a Gentle Shepherd
Symbol: a lamb and a staff
Memory Verse: John 10:27
Hymns to Sing: Alleluia, The Ninety and Nine, Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Scriptures: Isaiah 40:11; Psalm 23:1; John 10:27
Devotion: Talk about how David was a good shepherd who took care of his sheep and even killed a lion and a bear to protect them. David wrote a song about the Lord being a good shepherd to him. The Lord is OUR shepherd who is always watching over and protecting us! He never sleeps and He knows each one of us by name. He can even look inside our hearts and know if we really believe in Him or not.
Questions; Do you need a Shepherd? Why? Who is our Shepherd? Are we lost without Him?
Day 17: Prophecy of the Suffering Servant
Symbol: a cross
Memory Verse: John 10:15
Hymns to Sing: The Old Rugged Cross, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, What Wondrous Love Is This
Scriptures: Isaiah 53: Luke 2:8-18; John 19:11-18
Devotion: God is pure and holy and cannot be a part of sin. We can see this by comparing ourselves to a new shirt. What does the new shirt look like? What happens when we get dirt on it? The dirt is like the sin in our lives making us unclean. Is this the way God is? No. He is perfect and spotless and He will allow no sin to touch Him! That is why He would not talk or be with us anymore until the dirt or sin in our lives was gone. God, however, did not want to be away from us. He planned for Someone pure to wash our sins away and bring us back to Him forever! Do you know who that someone was? Jesus took all our sins on Himself and died on the cross so our sins could be forgiven. He was willing for the people to put nails in His hands and feet because that was the way to nail our sins to the cross. He loved us so much that He was willing to die for us even when we were unclean and had sin in our hearts. He gave His life so that we could have life forevermore.
Children can you tell me why
Jesus came to bleed and die?
He was happy high above,
Dwelling in His Father's love,
Yet He left His joy and bliss,
For a wicked world like this!
We were all by sin undone,
Yet he loved us every one;
So to earth He kindly came,
On the cross to bear our shame,
And to wash away our guilt
In the precious blood He spilt!
Questions: Why did Jesus come to Earth? Were people mean to Jesus? Is Jesus your Savior?
Day 18- Prophecy of the New Covenant
Symbol: a heart with writing on it
Memory Verse: Jeremiah 31:33
Hymns to Sing: Into My Heart; Tell Me the Story of Jesus
Scriptures: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Acts 16:31
Devotion: Even id Jesus is in our hearts do we still do bad things? A long time ago, God had made made a promise or a covenant with the children of Israel. As long as they obeyed His Ten Commandments, He provided for them, but if they broke any laws He punished them. Can you imagine every time you gave a dirty look to your siblings or parents God would turn His back on You? That would be hard to live by, wouldn’t it? God saw people continue to break His laws. In spite of all their sins, He still loved them. He decided to give them a new promise, or a New Covenant. He would write His law on their hearts. Do you know what that means? God sent His Son Jesus Christ to earth to save us from our sins. If we ask Jesus into our hearts, He will forgive all the bad things we do. Read Acts 16:31
Questions: What is a covenant?, What was the Old Covenant? What is the New Covenant? Do you have Jesus Written on your heart?
Day 19- Prophecy of Bethlehem
Symbol: a Bethlehem town silhouette with star (a Christmas card with a picture works well)
Memory Verse: Philippians 4:13
Hymns to Sing: O Little Town of Bethlehem; O Come All Ye Faithful
Scripture: Luke 2:4-7
Devotion: Do you know what this symbol shows? It is the town of Bethlehem. It was a very small town and was not a very important city, but God chose it to be the place where the greatest man in the world would be born. Do you know what his name was? (Jesus) Read Luke 2:4-7 You might not think you can do much for God because you are small, but God can do anything in you, IF you let Him!
Questions: What town was Jesus born in? Was it large or small? Can God use you, even if you are small?
Text taken from The Advent Jesse Tree book by Dean Meador Lambert