The Jesse Tree is the Jesus Tree
This Advent, we gather in the name of Jesus and consider His great story anew. The Jesse Tree is filled with symbols telling the story of Jesus from creation to His second coming. The story of the Bible, Old and New Testaments alike, is the story of Jesus.It is Advent—a time to reflect, pray, and worship the Christ who came, who comes, and who will come again. Imagine the world some two thousand years ago in the weeks before the birth of the Babe of Bethlehem. People were busy doing whatever it was that defined their lives at that moment. For some, it was struggling against hunger, fear, and desperation. For others, it was enjoying their wealth and ease. For yet others, it was simply dealing with the pressures of their lives. But for all, the weeks we call “Advent” were just days and nights lived in darkness.
It is a dark world. God had created the world to live in union with Him. He had breathed life into mankind, and had joined them to Himself. The world was bright as creation lived in harmony with the Creator. But darkness came. Those created and loved by God rebelled against Him, bringing a darkness that permeated all creation. Death had entered through sin. It was a world of darkness cut off from the source of all light, the Creator. Yet a light was breaking into the world.
The Advent story, including the culminating Christmas story, is about a baby who had been born to die—yet not just to die but to be placed in the utter darkness of a tomb and on Easter morning to burst forth from the tomb. When the child of Mary rose from the grave, the light that began at Bethlehem shone so brightly that no one can put it out.
With the pandemic growing around the world and in our country, there are rumblings related to the question “Cancel Christmas?” Should we cancel our family Christmas gathering? Should we cancel our Christmas Eve Services? Should we cancel Christmas?
Even if we can’t gather with family to celebrate Christmas, or attend a Christmas service, or do our Christmas shopping, it doesn’t mean Christmas is cancelled! Christmas could never be cancelled! It’s been tried before. In the Bible we read of different people who tried to keep Christmas from being celebrated. These ancient grinches took the form of people who followed the plan of the evil one to try to destroy God’s chosen people, but they failed.
Join us as we look at different “Grinches” from the Bible that tried to cancel God’s plans:
• December 2 – Senacharib • December 9 – Haman • December 16 – Herod the Great
“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a
branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” Isaiah 11:1
Join us starting the weekend of December 5-6, as we begin our sermon and worship series on The Jesse Tree.
• Dec 5-6 •
Jesus: the Seed of Jesse’s Tree
• Dec 12-13 •
Jesus: the Root of Jesse’s Tree
• Dec 19-20 •
Jesus: the Shoot of Jesse’s Tree
• Dec 24 - Christmas Eve •
Jesus: the Fruit of Jesse’s Tree
Christmas Day Worship--Join us Christmas Day at 9:00 am to celebrate the Shining Light of Christ that no darkness can overcome. Jesus Christ, lying in a manger, shines for us all. Carols, Scripture, a message, and prayers brighten our hearts with the Good News that we have salvation in the Babe of Bethlehem. The Lord’s Supper will also be celebrated at this service.