For people of faith, Christmas is a holiday that holds great meaning and importance. Not only is it a season that we celebrate with music, lights, and gifts, but it’s also a reminder to draw closer to our beliefs. God’s Word so beautifully lays out scripture after scripture that tells of how Christmas came to be. The Bible also contains countless other verses that fit right in with the spirit of the season. Here are five scriptures that capture the essence of Christmas.
1. Luke 2:10 (NIV)
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”
More detail: This classic Christmas scripture can be found in many nativity plays. It is the beginning of the beautiful story of Christ’s birth.
2. James 1:17 (NIV)
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
More detail: This is an ideal scripture for Christmas because is speaks of perfect gifts that were given from God, who is consistent and unchanging. The most prolific gift He ever gave was Jesus, who is celebrated on Christmas.
3. Romans 15:13 (NKJV)
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
More detail: This scripture mentions joy and peace, two fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Both of these are very popular elements of the season.
4. Luke 2:14 (NKJV)
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
More detail: This verse, like Luke 2:10 above, continues with the story of Christ’s birth. Immediately after this, the shepherds go the Bethlehem to find Mary and Joseph. When they get into town, they find baby Jesus lying in a manger and begin to spread the news of his arrival.
5. Matthew 1:23 (KJV)
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
More detail: This Christmas verse is significant because it details Isaiah the prophet’s foretold story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus before it ever happened on Earth. Jesus’ birth was destined years and years before. Isaiah prophesied it, Joseph had a dream about it, and the angel Gabriel told Mary it would come to pass.
There’s nothing wrong with indulging in the popular activities of Christmas, while keeping the Word near your heart. Whether sending Christmas cards, looking to strengthen your faith or encourage a fellow believer, these five scriptures are guaranteed to remind readers of the real reason for the season.