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The Twenty-Seventh Branch-Advent

Text- (Jeremiah 33:15-16) ‘In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch and sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness.’ (Matthew 1:6-19) (New International Version)

Thought Starters
Here we are again. It’s the Advent Season. The colors of the church have changed. It is the time of year we celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ.

We celebrate the birth of Christ every year. We only have to wait eleven months to do it again after December 25th.

How long did the people of God wait for Jesus to be born? I wonder?

In the Old Testament you learn in the Worship Center about Isaiah the Prophet. Predicting the birth of the Messiah. Then the Prophet Jeremiah echoed the same thing when he spoke of a "Righteous Branch and sprout from David’s line." So then the people of God knew King David would at least be the father, grandfather, or great grandfather of the Messiah.

How long did they have to wait? King David, his son Solomon, then how many generations before Jeremiah’s "righteous branch?" Let’s see Solomon had a son, then his son, so it was King David’s great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great. That was Joseph and he was the father of Jesus who was the twenty-seventh generation after King David.

In King David’s family tree, Jesus is the twenty-seventh descendant (branch) who was born. (Hold up a limb with lots of branches)

Just like you have your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and great-great grandparents. The wait for the Messiah was twenty-five greats long.

As we begin this celebration of Advent, let’s pause to remember how long the world waited for God’s Son. May this Advent journey be special one for you

Hymn-"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"¾John Mason Neale

Prayer-Dear God, Thank you for this season of hope, for the coming birth of Jesus, make this a special learning time for each of us. Amen

Prop-A tree or bush limb with lots of branches

William Bode, Director of Children’s Ministries

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