25 Days of Christmas – December 15

SCRIPTURE

Isaiah 11:1

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.

Matthew 1:1-17

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham was the father of Isaac,
and Isaac the father of Jacob,
and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar,
and Perez the father of Hezron,
and Hezron the father of Ram,
and Ram the father of Amminadab,
and Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
and Nahshon the father of Salmon,
and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab,
and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth,
and Obed the father of Jesse,
and Jesse the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah,
and Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
and Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
and Abijah the father of Asaph,
and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat,
and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
and Joram the father of Uzziah,
and Uzziah the father of Jotham,
and Jotham the father of Ahaz,
and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
and Manasseh the father of Amos,
and Amos the father of Josiah,
and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

And after the deportation to Babylon:
Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel,
and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud,
and Abiud the father of Eliakim,
and Eliakim the father of Azor,
and Azor the father of Zadok,
and Zadok the father of Achim,
and Achim the father of Eliud,
and Eliud the father of Eleazar,
and Eleazar the father of Matthan,
and Matthan the father of Jacob,
and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

SONG

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Come, Thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

ACTIVITY

Family lines were very important to the Israelites, which is why Matthew laid out the direct line from Abraham all the way to Jesus, including Judah (Lion of Judah), Jesse (Root/Shoot of Jesse) and David (Son of David) in the middle.

Today’s activity has 2 options.

Option #1 merely involves breaking down and simplifying in a visual format the verses we just read. On a piece of paper or a poster board, make Jesus’ family line, and draw pictures next to ones who are spoken of in the Bible to remind you of who they are (for example, a crown next to David and a crown and lots of jewels or money next to Solomon).

Option #2 is to draw your Family Tree as large or as small as your children want. Ask other family members for information if there are family members you don’t know or can’t remember names. If there are family members who accomplished extraordinary things, you could write their achievements next to their names. Consider framing and hanging it on the wall. Discovering their family tree and putting it in a visual format can be exciting to kids, and can connect them to the past in a meaningful way. 

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