Jesse Tree visual reflections

Over Advent 2020, I challenged myself to create illustrations following a Jesse Tree reading plan.

Beginning on 27 November, the Jesse Tree follows the story of scripture from Creation to the birth of Christ. It is a reflection that prepares for Advent by journeying through the stories on Jesus’ family tree – the people and events that paved the way and gave us the context into which Jesus was born.

I used the Jesse Tree resource available on Faithward to prepare for this project. The illustrations were created using ProCreate and a variety of brushes.

Please feel welcome to use these images for non-commercial purposes – if you are reproducing my images please credit them to ‘Caitlin Thomson (2020)’

November 27 | Isaiah 11:1-2

a tree stump with a sprouting shoot. Text: a shoot shall come out of the stump of Jesse. Isaiah 11.1-2

November 28 | Habakkuk 2:1-4

a watchtower. text: I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart. Habakkuk 2.1-4

November 29 | Genesis 1:26-31

the world. text: and God saw everything that he had made and indeed it was very good. Genesis 1

November 30 | Genesis 3:6-7, 22-23

a fantastical tree with round fruit. A snake wrapped round the trunk. text: see the man has become like one of us. Genesis 3.6-7, 22-23

December 1 | Genesis 7:17-22

Noah's ark. Text: the waters swelled and increased greatly. Genesis 7.17-22

December 2 | Genesis 12:1-3

a tent. text: In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Genesis 12.1-3

December 3 | Genesis 15:5-6

a starry sky. text: so shall your descendants be. Genesis 15.5-6

December 4 | Genesis 22:1-2, 9-14

A ram. Text: now I know that you fear God. Genesis 22.1-2, 9-14

December 5 | Genesis 28:12-15

a ladder. text: I am with you. Genesis 28.12-15

December 6 | Genesis 37:3-4, 23-24

rainbow coat. Text: Israel loved Joseph. Genesis 37.3-4, 23-24

December 7 | Deuteronomy 5:1-4

Two stone tablets. Text: the Lord spoke with you face to face on the mountain. Deuteronomy 5.1-4

December 8 | Joshua 2:1-4a, 8-9a, 11b-12a, 14, 17, 21

A red cord. Text: The Lord your God is indeed God in heaven above and on earth below. Joshua 2

December 9 | Ruth 3:1-5

a sheaf of wheat. text: all that you tell me I will do. Ruth 3.1-5

December 10 | 1 Samuel 16:1, 10-13a

shepherd's crook. Text: rise and anoint him for this is the one. 1 Samuel 16.1,10-13a

December 11 | 2 Samuel 5:2b-3

crown. text: king David made a covenant with them at Hebron. 2 Samuel 5.2b-3

December 12 | 1 Kings 5:5; 6:11-14

a temple. text: I will dwell among the children of Israel. 1 Kings 5.5, 6.11-14

December 13 | 1 Kings 18:36-39

altar and fire. Text: let it be known this day that you are God. 1 Kings 18.36-39

December 14 | Esther 4:12-16

sceptre. Text: perhaps you have been raised up for a time such as this. Esther 5.12-16

December 15 | Isaiah 9:2

a sun. text: the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Isaiah 9.2

December 16 | Isaiah 11:6-9

a wolf and a lamb sleeping. text: they will not hurt or destroy on my holy mountain. Isaiah 11.6-9

December 17 | Jonah 3:1-5

a whale. text: and the people of Nineveh believed God. Jonah3.1-5

December 18 | Daniel 6:10-11, 16, 19-22

a lion. text: may your God, whom you faithfully serve, deliver you. Daniel 6

December 19 | Micah 5:2-5a

Bethlehem. Text: O Bethlehem, from you shall come forth one who is to rule. Micah 5.2-5a

December 20 | Luke 1:11-13, 16-20

praying hands. text: do not be afraid for your prayer has been answered. Luke 1.11-20

December 21 | Matthew 3:1-6

baptism shell. text: prepare the way of the Lord. Matthew 3.1-6

December 22 | Luke 1:26-33

Mary and Joseph. Text: The Lord is with you. Luke 1.26-33

December 23 | Matthew 1:18-21

an angel. text: do not be afraid. Matthew 11.18-21

December 24 | Luke 2:1-5

donkey. Text: they went to Bethlehem. Luke 2.1-5

December 25 | Luke 2:6-11, 16-18

a baby in a manger. text: unto you is born today a saviour - the Messiah. Luke 2.6-11, 16-18

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