The Jesse Tree

by Nancy I. Sanders, based on Isaiah 11:1

In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve. They got to walk with God until they sinned. Then they couldn’t be near God. But God promised that He would one day send His Son, who would pay for sin so people could be close to God again.

Adam and Eve had a son named Seth. Seth had a son who had a son and so on until Noah was born.

God told Noah to build an ark. Every kind of animal came into the ark. Then it rained for 40 days and nights.

Noah had a son who had a son and so on until Abraham was born. God promised Abraham that he would become the father of a great nation.

Abraham had a son named Isaac who had a son named Jacob. God changed Jacob’s name to Israel. His 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel.

Jacob had a son named Judah. God promised that, through Judah’s family, He would one day send His Son.

Judah had a son who had a son and so on until Boaz was born. Boaz married Ruth, and they had a son named Obed who had a son named Jesse.

Many years later, God’s people would disobey him so much that He let their enemies take them far away. Only a few of God’s people were left, like a stump is left after a tree is cut down. But God promised that from the stump of Jesse, a Branch would grow who would be God’s Son.

Meanwhile, Jesse had a son named David, who killed the giant Goliath and was a man after God’s own heart. That means he loved God more than anything. David married Bathsheba, and they had a son named Solomon.

Solomon was the wisest king of Israel, and he built a temple for God. Solomon had a son who had a son and so on until Hezekiah was born.

Many of the kings were very bad, but Hezekiah loved and obeyed God. Hezekiah had a son who had a son and so on until Joseph was born.

Joseph was a carpenter. He became the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God whom God had promised. Jesus grew up, died and came back to life to save us from our sins!

So now at Christmastime, we celebrate Jesus, God’s greatest gift.

Make your own Jesse tree, and follow God's promise across the generations.


miniature Christmas tree
construction paper
hole punch


1. Click here to print out images for The Jesse Tree.
2. For each day, read the passage for that day from the list below and cut out the corresponding picture.
3. Glue the picture onto construction paper, decorate with markers, punch a hole in your ornament and tie it onto tree with yarn.
4. Hang a new ornament on your tree each day.
5. On Christmas Day, read the Christmas story in Luke 2 and celebrate Jesus the Savior of the world!

Eleven Days of The Jesse Tree
Day One: Read Genesis 2:7-23; 3:20
Day Two: Read Genesis 6:5-22; 7-9:17
Day Three: Read Genesis 15:1-7
Day Four: Read Genesis 35:23-26
Day Five: Read Genesis 35:23; Revelation 5:5
Day Six: Read Isaiah 11:1-3
Day Seven: Read 1 Samuel 17:41-42, 48-50
Day Eight: Read 1 Kings 1:39-40
Day Nine: Read 2 Kings 18:5-7
Day Ten: Read Matthew 1:18-25
Day Eleven: Read Luke 2:1-21

Copyright © 2010 by Focus on the Family. Used by permission. Illustrations © Wayne Vincent.