The tradition of the Jesse tree continues at St. John School where today at morning prayer, the students learned about Ruth. The Jesse Tree represents the genealogy or family tree of Jesus Christ. It tells the story of God’s plan for salvation, beginning with creation and continuing through the Old Testament to the coming of the Messiah.
The name “Jesse Tree” comes from Isaiah 11:1:
“Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit.”
The verse refers to Jesse, King David’s father who is in the lineage of Jesus Christ. The “shoot” that grew from the “stem of Jesse”, that is the royal line of David, is Jesus Christ.
Students buddies read about Ruth today:
“Ruth and Naomi went on a journey to the Promised Land. Ruth wanted a husband who was an Israelite so they could raise a family to worship God. It was a beautiful love story. She met a man named Boaz and they were married. Even though Ruth was not an Israelite, she was welcomed to worship the true God. Ruth and Boaz became the great–grandparents of the powerful King David. In the Bible, Jesus preached the gospel to all people. Ruth reminds us of this because she was welcomed to worship God even though she was not an Israelite.” They then placed a handmade ornament of Ruth on the Jesse Tree.