Day #22 – John the Baptist
Scripture: Luke 1:5-25, 39-80
Ornament: The Dove – Although the dove represents the Holy Spirit, it is also relevant for John the Baptist. His mother received the Holy Spirit while carrying John the Baptist, and later when he baptize Jesus in the Jordan, the Holy Spirit descended like a dove.
Story: The Jesse Tree, “Dumbstruck”, pages 69-71 and “Jumping for Joy”, pages 75-77
Song: See Suggested Activity
The point: John the Baptist was key in the fulfilling of Messianic prophecy. Jesus had to have a forerunner as we discussed on Day 21 with the minor prophets. John the Baptist was also literally in Jesus’ family tree because he was Jesus’ cousin, (per Scripture, it appears that they were second cousins), and was from the tribe of Levi.
Suggested activity: Watch “John the Baptist Sing-Along.” It’s about 6 1/2 minutes long. (Watch it here)
Day #23 – Mary
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38, 2:15-19, 33-35, 46-51
Ornament: The Pondering Heart – Mary “pondered all these things in her heart.”
Story: The Jesse Tree, “Mary”, pages 72-74
Song: “Silent Night”
The point: The character of Mary is clearly key in Jesus’ family tree. She was His mother. And God chose her for a reason, or perhaps many reasons. We don’t know a ton about her, but we know, based on our brief glimpse of her, that she was humble, submissive and obedient to God, courageous, and thoughtful. In a few different places, we see that she “pondered these things in her heart.” What a precious weight to carry in her womb and on her shoulders. As a side note, it’s neat that Mary’s lineage from Levi and story are in Luke, where Jesus is presented greatly as a Healer and Priest.
Suggested activity: Watch one or more versions of “Mary Did You Know” and/or “Breath of Heaven” and discuss what Mary would have thought or felt. Here are a couple of our favorite versions. Pentatonix or Mark Lowry with Voctave singing “Mary Did You Know”, and Sara Groves singing “Breath of Heaven.”
Day #24 – Joseph
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
Ornament: Carpenters’ Tools
Story: The Jesse Tree, “The Worst of All Possible Times”, pages 78-80
The point: Joseph was a very special man. In very few verses, his character is fleshed out as a man of honor, faith, courage and tenderness. Although he knew that Jesus was not his flesh and blood, he raised Him as his own and was His adopted father. He taught Jesus his trade, for one. As a side note, it’s beautiful that Joseph’s lineage from Judah and story are in Matthew, where Jesus is presented as the King of kings.
Suggested activity: Watch “A Strange Way to Save the World” and similarly to yesterday, focus on Joseph and how he felt or what he thought. 4Him’s version is probably my favorite version. (Watch it here)
Day #25 – Jesus
Scripture: Luke 2:1-40, Matthew 2:1-23
Ornament: The Manger
Story: The Jesse Tree, “Wonderful News”, “The Cunning and the Wise”, “Angels” and “The Brightest Star”, pages 81-93
Song: Sing as many favorite Christmas carols can today!
The point: JESUS. He IS the point of all of this. The Jesse tree was created to show the
Suggested activity: Read the entire Nativity story today.