Jesse Tree Outlines for December 19th-25th
(adapted for our toddlers from the RCA website and The Glorious Coming. The symbols and patterns used below are copyrighted by Reformed Church Press)
December 19th: The Watch Tower
Habakkuk 2:1a (NIV) I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me and what answer I am to give.
Christmas is less than a week away! Waiting is so hard! These are the days of counting calendars and numbering the shopping days left. But we know that Christmas will eventually come, and our waiting will be over. We wait for so many things, some of them happy and some of them not so happy. Waiting means we are looking ahead to the future. Before Jesus was born, the people were waiting for a savior. They had faith that God would keep his promise. They waited a long time; some of them forgot to keep looking for God’s promised son. They no longer cared about God or God’s promise, and when Jesus arrived they didn’t recognize him. But those who remembered and trusted God recognized Jesus and their waiting was finally over. We are not only waiting for Christmas. We are waiting for Jesus to come again as well. Do we wait anxiously… on the edge of our seats… for Jesus to come again? Or are we distracted? Have we forgotten to keep on looking for his coming? Father, help us to wait patiently and persistently.
December 20th: Zecharaiah and Elizabeth
Luke 1:17 (NIV) And he will go before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous-to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Zechariah and Elizabeth honored God, and God loved them, but they did not have a child. One day while Zechariah was working in the temple, an angel brought him a message from God. The angel told Zechariah that he and Elizabeth were going to have a very special son and his name was going to be John. Zechariah didn’t believe the angel’s good news. So, God took away Zechariah’s voice as a sign of God’s power. Imagine if you had seen an angel who had told you wonderful, happy news, and you weren’t able to tell anyone what had happened! Sometimes it is difficult to believe God’s good news. Zechariah and Elizabeth were happy to know that they would have a son chosen by God to do important work. They were blessed by God even though the blessing was difficult to believe at first. Father, prepare our hearts to believe the good news about your Son.