Any holiday or special event that is broadly recognized in our world provides a good opportunity to open the Bible to see what God’s Word has to say about the season or occasion. Of all the annual holidays, Christmas clearly stands out as the most popular AND it points to the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Consequently, the Christmas season is a great time to listen to and explore what the Bible has to say. There are many verses that could be included, but here’s a brief collection of verses that you might want to read to your children (or let them read or memorize) during this wonderful season of the year!
7 Popular Christmas Verses
The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14b: “Immanuel” means “God with us.” This verse had an immediate fulfillment for Ahaz who was king at the time, but it’s greater fulfillment came centuries later in the birth of Jesus who was “God with us.” See also Matthew 1:23.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6: This is one of the most beautiful and well-known Old Testament verses that anticipates the birth of the Messiah, Jesus. We’ve chosen to use the King James Version here because of it’s lasting beauty and familiarity.
Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. – Micah 5:2: This verse underscores that the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem. The prophecy finds its fulfillment in the birth of Jesus who was born in Bethlehem.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins. – Matthew 1:21: This is a beautiful summary of the reason Jesus came. “Jesus” is the Greek translation of the Hebrew name “Joshua,” which means “Savior.”
Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not been intimate with a man?” The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. – Luke 1:34-35: These verses are the clearest declaration of the virgin birth of Jesus. The miraculous virgin birth of Jesus is an essential element of Christian faith. You will want to exercise discernment when determining if your child is old enough to understand this, but children should learn that Jesus’ birth was special and different as early as possible.
Luke’s narrative of the birth of Jesus. – Luke 2:1-20: This is the classic Christmas story and can be read or acted out as part of the family’s Christmas celebration or when a class studies the birth of Jesus. Children are likely to be familiar with this story from school or church. If you wish to select a single verse from the narrative for kids to memorize, we should suggest Luke 2:11, where the angels speak to the shepherd and declare… “Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.” Please note that Luke makes no mention of the wise men at all. The story of the wise men comes in Matthew 2 where Matthew clearly notes that they came AFTER Jesus was born. Use your discretion in determining whether to include the wise men in the Christmas story.
When the time came to completion, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. – Galatians 4:4-5: These are not technically “Christmas” verses, but they’re a good summary by the Apostle Paul of the historical place of Jesus’ birth. They underscore that the coming of God’s Son had been planned by God and happened only “when the time came to completion.” They also teach that Jesus’ birth is part of God’s plan to adopt us into His family. It may be appropriate to introduce these verse to older children.
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