The name comes from Isaiah 11; A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. Through the prophet, God was promising a Saviour, born from Jesse’s line (Jesse was King David’s father) born to one day restore justice and peace to our fallen world. The Saviour is the fresh shoot of new life in our world of death.
But don’t picture a Christmas Conifer. This Tree isn’t pretty. Later in Isaiah, we read that this tender shoot, in order to fulfil his mission, would become marred and mutilated for his people; He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him (Isaiah 53: 2).
Isaiah saw the beautiful one disfigured for us. Through his death and resurrection Jesus was purchasing a people and beginning his new world without hurt and destruction and filled ‘knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the earth (Is 11:9, 10).
So the point of a Jesse Tree is to teach the story of Jesus symbolically in the lead up to Christmas day. If you’d like to hear more here’s John and Noel Piper speaking about Christmas in their home.
And why not join us for our Jesse Tree Hunt?
If your child is between 3 – 11 years old, join us at Wentwood Forest on December 2nd at 8:45am to search for your Jesse Tree. After 45mins hunting, we’ll regather for BBQ’d bacon rolls and a short story about why Christmas is so amazing. We’ll also be giving out Jesse Tree devotionals for families to use in the run up to Christmas.