My family has loved doing a Jesse Tree devotional with ornaments that we made at a local church about 5 years ago. I’ve tweaked their devotional a little to make it my own. I hope it will bless your family like it has blessed mine.
My ornaments are 3-D and time consuming. You can download a printable set here or draw or make your own!
Day 1: Creation
Picture / Ornament: Globe
Scripture: Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-4, 14
Song: All Creatures of our God and King – YouTube Link here
On this first day of advent, let’s think back to the very beginning, when God created everything. God created everything by the power of His voice. God created light. God created land and water, animals and man. God created all of this out of nothing, simply by His spoken word.
God created all of this in only six days. Think of how long it takes for a baby to grow in his mother’s womb. Think of how long it takes to build a house. Think of how long it takes for a tree to grow tall. Yet, God created the world and everything in it in only six days with only His spoken word.
God created the world that mankind would know how wise and good and powerful He is. The Heavens indeed declare the glory of God, but so do the incredible creatures that God made. The beauty of flowers and butterflies, giraffes and elephants and pandas, declares the glories of God.
God had a plan for everything He made. God’s marvelous creation all works together. The air, the water, the soil and the sun all work together to sustain life on our planet. Plants and animals, too, work together in an incredible way – again giving glory to God.
God had a plan for everything He made, but His greatest plan of all was His plan to meet our deepest need by sending his son, Jesus. Even before the creation of the world, God planned to send Jesus to earth one day. Almighty Jesus humbled Himself willingly, leaving heaven to be born as a helpful baby. And at the perfect time, Jesus came to earth to live a perfect life, performing countless miracles in front of hundreds of eyewitnesses, proving His power and divinity. Our good Savior died on the cross for our sins, and was raised back to life to live again for eternity. The beauty of creation all around us reminds us of the beauty of our creator’s plan for us.
God wants YOU to know His son, Jesus. Remember … Christmas is all about JESUS!!