Jesse Tree – Day 21: John the Baptist

Of course, what sort of Advent would it be if we failed to talk about the Prophet who linked together the Old Testament and the New Testament together and spoke directly about the coming of Christ?

That’s right! We’re talking about John the Baptist.

He preached a lot about the coming of our Lord and called for everyone to repent — something which we should do this Advent, especially as we prepare ourselves for Christmas. He also baptized people as a physical sign of this repentance — and even ended up baptizing our Lord!

So, here is his ornament!

The Jesse Tree ornament! It is supposed to represent the River Jordan. The crochet pattern for this ornament is here, just in case you want to make it!

It’s supposed to represent the River Jordan, even though my five-year-old daughter insists that it looks like blue bacon. Oh well! You can’t win them all.

And, with no further ado… the scripture! Along with plenty of wonderful pictures. 🙂

The Story of John the Baptist

The Voice in the Desert, by James Tissot, c. 1886-94. Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York, United States. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
The Voice in the Desert, by James Tissot, c. 1886-94. Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York, United States.
Saint John the Baptist, by Alexandro Loarte, c. 1590s. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.
Saint John the Baptist, by Alexandro Loarte, c. 1590s. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.
Saint John Baptizing in the River Jordan, by Nicolas Poussin, c. 1630s. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, United States.
Saint John Baptizing in the River Jordan, by Nicolas Poussin, c. 1630s. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, United States.
St. John the Baptist Preaching, by Mattia Preti, c. 1665. Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California, United States. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
St. John the Baptist Preaching, by Mattia Preti, c. 1665. Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California, United States.
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist Preaching, by Herri met de Bles, c. 1550. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist Preaching, by Herri met de Bles, c. 1550. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
The Appearance of Christ Before the People, by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, c. 1837–1857. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
The Appearance of Christ Before the People, by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, c. 1837–1857. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

It is important to announce the coming of the Lord, of course! But, it is also important to accept Jesus in a humble way. And so, next time, we’ll look at the woman who did precisely that from the very beginning…

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of four, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer.

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