Last year, I created something I call the JESUS TREE. Since my family loved the Jesse Tree so much during Advent, I longed to have some daily scripture activity to walk us through Lent as well. So, I created the JESUS tree, a set of ornaments that walks the faithful through the entire life of Jesus over the course of the Lenten season. I made the pattern for ornaments that could be created out of felt, as well as ornaments that could be printed and colored.
I loved how the Jesus tree turned out, and I was thrilled to see it purchased and used by so many families last year. Yup, over 800 people bought and used the Jesus Tree last year (insane!). I just love to think of all those families reading about the life of Jesus each night.
I have every intention of using the Jesus tree once again this Lent with my family…but I just couldn’t leave good enough alone. The Jesus Tree I made last year was based on the Gospel of Matthew and included so many amazing stories that my family enjoyed discussing and it would be TOTALLY fruitful to do the exact same Jesus Tree again. (see all the details about the Jesus Tree based on the Gospel of Matthew HERE).
But this year, with my own family, I really wanted to journey through the Gospel of John. I wanted to spend Lent journeying to The Cross with Jesus by way of the Wedding at Cana, the Woman Caught in Adultery, the Bread of Life Discourse, and the discussions with Nicodemus. Yes, the Gospel of John is a bit more complex and often hard to understand, but how beautiful to have an opportunity to read through all of those stories as a family!
So, I made 21 new ornaments for the Gospel of John. There are 42 ornaments in the full set (40 days of Lent, plus two for the Easter season), but there are only 21 NEW ornaments. As you likely know, there are several of the same stories in the Gospel of Matthew and John, especially toward the end of the books, so if you made a set of Jesus Ornaments last year, good news: You only have to make 21 new ornaments!
If you too want to dive head-first into the Gospel of John this year, you can get the felt pattern and the printable ornaments right here. You can also buy the full bundle of Jesus Tree Ornaments (a total of 62 ornaments) for both of the Gospels, for only $10.
Gospel of JOHN:
As I’ve already stated, you can purchase the felt ornaments patterns and make your own felt ornaments for your Jesus Tree, or you can use the printable pack to print out ornaments to color, or even use the ones that are already colored for you. Regardless, there are 42 ornaments in this set.
Let’s look at the felt ornaments first, since they are a bit easier to see.
Below are all the ornaments included, in the order they are to be used for the Gospel of John Jesus Tree. Look below this image for the stories in the Gospel of John that they correspond with.
Here is a quick run down of the ornaments included for the Gospel of JOHN as seen in the image. Ornaments are listed line by line.
- The Word Becomes Flesh // Baptism // Calling Disciples
- Wedding at Cana // Cleansing the Temple // Nicodemus
- Samaritan Woman // Healing Official’s Son // Cure on Sabbath
- Multiplication of Loaves // Walking on Water // Bread of Life
- Bread of Life Discourse // Words of Eternal Life // Woman Caught in Adultery
- Light of the World // Man Born Blind // The Good Shepherd
- Jesus is Almost Stoned // Raising Lazarus // One Man for the Nation
- Anointing at Bethany // Entry to Jerusalem // Grain of Wheat
- Washing Feet // Judas’ Betrayal // Last Supper
- The Advocate // The Vine and Branches // The World will Hate you
- Prayer and Promises // Agony in the Garden // Jesus is Arrested
- Jesus Before Annas // Peter Denies // Trial Before Pilate
- Scourging and Crowning // Crucifixion // Water and Blood
- Burial // Resurrection // Doubting Thomas
Yay! There are so many great stories that I can’t wait to rediscover with my family this Lent.
You can also purchase the printable pack for the Gospel of John. The printable pack includes 3 different versions of the ornaments: Large ornaments to color, small ornaments to color and small ornaments that are already colored. The pack also includes 2 printable crosses (the true tree of life or Jesus Tree) that can serve as a “Lent Count Down”, as shown in the image below.
Included with both the felt ornament patterns and the printable pack are verses to read with each ornaments, dated specifically for the 2018 Lenten Season.
For a bit more explanation of the Jesus Tree and ideas for use, check out the bottom of THIS POST.
And, so there you have it! I love the Jesus Tree. I love how it lets us really journey with Jesus all the way to The Cross, and once we get there we feel like we really know all that He went through and did for us. In fact, I think I might get as much out of it as the kids!
Gospel of JOHN:
Thanks for your unending support and love. And I really pray that you have a wonderful Lenten season!