By Jack Wellman
For millions around the world, Christmas time is one of the most wonderful times of the year, so if you’re sending Christmas cards, here are some great Bible verses you can use.
Many prophecies were written concerning the coming of Jesus Christ, the Messiah…or Immanuel, who would save God’s people from their sins. For example, in Isaiah 7:14 Isaiah wrote, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” The Apostle John saw this fulfilled before his very eyes and wrote that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Immanuel means “God with us,” and God was with the Apostles in Jesus’ earthly ministry, being with them, but He’s also abiding with every child of God, so God is with you if you’ve trusted in the Savior. When Isaiah the Prophet wrote Isaiah 9, it was as if these things were already done, and for God, when He says something will come to pass, it must come to pass…it always does and it always will. Isaiah wrote, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). The Son was born into the flesh…then the Son was given…giving His life as a ransom for us (Mark 10:45; John 3:16).
Luke the Physician, in writing to Theophilus (Luke 1:1-4), wrote of Jesus, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:11-12), and there were many eye witnesses that saw this. For example, “in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night” (Luke 2:8) who “went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger” (Luke 2:16). The Magi also came and saw the Lord, bringing gifts fit for a king, for that was His purpose (Luke 23:3; John 18:37), however, they came at a much later time (Matt 2:11). It was all so incredible that Mary herself could not believe it, asking, “why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me” (Luke 1:43)?
After Joseph was told in a dream to not put Mary away because she had conceived from the Holy Spirit, he was told that “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matt 1:21). The Jews were expecting the Messiah, but not one that would save them from their sins, or one born where animals are kept. This is why Matthew, written specifically to the Christian Jews, said that Jesus “will save his people from their sins.” Most of the Jewish religious leaders trusted in their own righteousness (Luke 18:9; Rom 10:3), but that is nothing less than filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6), so to make it obvious to the Jews, Matthew quotes heavily from the Old Testament, including Isaiah 9:6, where he wrote, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us)” (Matt 1:23).
You might not think that John 1:14 is associated with Christmas, but then again, we can see that the moment that the Word became flesh was important, and that took place in Bethlehem, the least of the towns, not even regarded as a proper city. The Apostle John wrote that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Even the Magi recognized His coming as a prophesied king, inquiring, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him” (Matt 2:2). The Word became flesh in a time and place where there was a religious or spiritual wasteland or wilderness, and that was in Judea and Jerusalem. The Jews had handcuffed the people into hundreds of laws that even exceeded those of the Old Testament, so Jesus’ coming was just as Isaiah the Prophet described: “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” (Isaiah 11:1).
Other Scriptures that you might use for Christmas cards are:
Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Luke 1:46-47 “And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
Luke 2:15-16 “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.”
Matthew 2:11 “And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”
Micah 5:2 “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.”
If you liked these Christmas Bible verses, please feel free to share them with someone else this holiday season. If you have never put your trust in Christ, then you cannot have the peace of God, for no one can have the peace of God until they’ve made peace with God (John 3:36b), and that comes only through His Son (John 3:16; Acts 4:12; Rom 5:1, 8:1). Today is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2), because there’s no guarantee tomorrow will come before Christ returns or you draw your last breath (Heb 9:27; Rev 20:12-15). Today is the best of days to believe…and if you do, you can see the signs, and “when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28). You will either rejoice at His appearing, or grieve the moment you see Him (Rev 1:7). I pray it is the former.
Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas.
This article has been copied from Patheos Evangelical