The true meaning of Christmas can be lost in the hustle and bustle of holiday planning and shopping. There is so much going on in our lives that if we aren’t careful, we can miss out on the awe and beauty of the miracle that occurred on Christmas morning. Take some time this holiday season to reflect on these verses from the Bible to restore your sense of wonder at the birth of Christ.
A Child of the Holy Spirit
“‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’).” Matthew: 1:20-23 (NIV)
This passage from the Bible highlights the miracle of Jesus’ birth. Even though Joseph had not broken any laws, he considered divorcing Mary because he didn’t understand how his virgin wife could be pregnant. However, God came to him and told him that the child his wife carries is from the Holy Spirit. Not only will this child fill the Lord’s prophecy, but he will save the people of the world from all of their sin.
A Trustworthy Savior
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
The child that was given to us at Christmas, Jesus, has the weight of the world on his shoulders, yet he is strong enough to bear it all. He has all wisdom to guide our path and the strength to carry all our burdens. He is the Everlasting Father, loving us as his children eternally. On Christmas, a true gift from God is born!
Shepherds Hear the News
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.’” Luke 2:8-11 (NIV)
This passage brings hope when an angel of the Lord shared the news of Christ’s birth. While initially fearful of the encounter, they are told that a savior has been born in the town of David! But the question remains of why were shepherds chosen as the first on earth to hear the strange glorious news of the birth of the Savior of the world? Many interpret this exchange as a humble order that illustrates how the future of Christianity would be exemplified. In this passage, not only do we remember the miraculous birth of the Lord on Christmas, but also how He never wavered in His righteousness and love for all of His children.
For more verses to reflect on this season, consider these 4 Bible verses about being thankful over the holidays.
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