The Branch from Jesse
1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD—
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.
- Isaiah 11:1-3
The Jesse Tree is a tradition used during Advent. Its name is taken from Isaiah 11:11 which predicts the coming of Christ from the ‘stump of Jesse’, one who would take the throne of David, and rule as King of both Israel and the world. Through symbol and story, the Jesse Tree rehearses God’s plan of salvation, beginning with creation, culminating in the coming of Christ. Jesse was the father of King David.
To see an example of a Jesse Tree, visit the Chervenak Celebration Center, where you will be able to see within it our version's branches, a few of the cast of characters from the Genealogy of Jesus. Be sure to explore the diagram found here which shows how they were imagined by the artist, Laurie Kathleen Clark. She has included among them, Kings, prophets and even some of the women mentioned in Matthew’s genealogy.
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