With all of the hustle and the bustle and the lights, it’s hard to forget that Christmas is coming. We have elves on our shelves to remind kids that Santa knows if they’ve been bad or good (and that they’d better be good, for goodness sake!) Our mailboxes are overflowing with beautifully curated cards with photos of smiling families, and our lawns – and power circuits – are overloaded with Christmas lights and inflatables. But, are we missing the real meaning of the Christmas season along the way?
Even for those of us who grew up in the church, reading our bibles, and focusing our lives around God – it can be so easy to be distracted by the world around us and lose sight of why we celebrate Christmas.
So today, I’m sharing some of my favorite bible verses with you. Reflect on them, pray over them, use them to remember how incredibly blessed we are to have a God above all gods this, and every, Christmas.
Isaiah 9:6 – For unto 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, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
1 Timothy 1:15-17 – Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Titus 3:3-7 – At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, He gave his only begotten Son. So that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Luke 2:13-14 – And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host, praising God and saying glory to God in the highest, and on Earth, peace, goodwill towards men.
John 1:14 – The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
James 1:17 – Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadows.
John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
2 Corinthians 9:15 – Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
No matter where you are in your journey with Christ, I strongly encourage you to take a few quiet moments this Christmas season to truly reflect on why it is we celebrate. Take the time to imagine the fear Mary must have felt – an unwed, virgin, teenage mother who gave birth to the Messiah in a manger. Remember the unimaginable things Jesus went on to do while he was here on Earth – healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf. His betrayal, His death on the cross, and the empty tomb. The blessings He has given us since, and the promise He will someday fulfill in his return to Earth.
The world can be a scary place in this day and age, and that’s no exception for Christians. But, we have the grace of God on our side – and the reminder that this Earth is not our home, the things that happen here will pale in comparison to the streets of gold (even if I’m still holding out hope for dirt roads.)
And that alone is more than enough reason for celebration to me.