Posted by: Katie Cottle | December 21, 2009

Jesse Tree: Day 23

December 21

Scripture:  Matthew 3: 1-6

Reading:  Elizabeth and Zechariah’s son grew up to be John the Baptist. He was Jesus’ cousin. God chose him to tell the people about Jesus.

John wanted people to know that Jesus is the Son of God, the savior that God had promised the people so many years ago. He wanted them to be ready to believe in Jesus. John wanted the people to remember God, and he baptized them in the river if they promised not to sin any more. The baptism reminded them that God forgave them for their sins.

John did not look like other people, and some people probably thought he was a little strange. But many other people listened to John, and they were ready to believe in Jesus.

Talk About:  What do you need forgiveness for today?

Prayer:  Holy God, forgive us when we do things that displease you. Make our hearts ready for Jesus.

    Written by Christina Van Eyl. Illustrations by Helen Phillips except for the lion which was drawn by Jeff Brown.

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