I don’t know about you, but during this time of the year, it’s so easy to forget the reason for the season. I often forget to have a Christ-centered Christmas. With my birthday being 3 days before Christmas (shameless plug), and then Christmas rolling through, it’s easy for me to get caught up in the worldly idea of Christmas.
Presents. Lights. Decorations. Family time. Goals for the New Year.
And yes. Those things are all fun, and make me happy. But they aren’t the true reason for the season.I was at a Christmas party the other day and we read the story of Jesus’ crucifixion right before we sang some carols and I almost cried. Just listening to how much He suffered so that I may be clean made my heart heavy.
And you know what?
It’s important to remember that’s exactly why God sent His only begotten son… That you and I may be made clean.
So I’m trying to be intentional about keeping my heart focused on the real reason for this season this year. The sacrifice Jesus made, that we may live in freedom. I invite you to join me this Christmas.
I’m sharing 5 Bible verses for a Christ-Centered Christmas. The Bible verses will help keep our focus on the Savior. I’ve also created a free pack of phone screen savers for you to keep these verses close during this period and in the future.
I invite you to download these phone screen savers and read these verses at least once a day leading up to Christmas. Use them as an anchor when the overwhelm of the season begins to fall on you. Use these verses to center yourself and keep the important things during this time of the year, at the forefront of your mind.
I hope these verses touch your heart and fill you with joy in the knowledge that Jesus Christ came and died for you and me. And with His resurrection, He caused us to be born again to a living hope, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for us (1 Peter 1:3-4).
5 Bible Verses for a Christ-Centered Christmas
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Did you know that Immanuel means “God with us”? So when God sent the prophet Isaiah to King Ahaz, to tell him not to be afraid of Syria and Ephraim who were about to wage war against Jerusalem, the name of Jesus that He gave to Isaiah literally translated to God was with them. And because God was going to send them someone who is greater than the world, there was no need to fear.
As we go into this season, and then into the end of the year, I pray that you will remember that God is with us. When He sent Jesus to die for our sins, we were left with the Holy Spirit that resides in us always. There’s no need to be afraid of those goals, and end of year deadlines that may seem bigger than you right now.
The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.
This bible verse was inspired by a sermon I heard yesterday. The pastor said a lot of people believe God is like Santa. That he keeps a list of all our good and bad deeds, weighs them and then makes decisions based off that. But in this Psalm we see that the Lord is good to all. Not some, not the good, not the believers only, but all.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
This verse was picked in tangent with the previous one. So in the Old Testament (Psalm), we have David saying how God is good to all people. And here’s an angel, years later in the New Testament pretty much giving the same message. The joy of the birth of Jesus Christ will be for all people. Jesus wasn’t sent for a select few of us. But God sent Him to save all men.
Isn’t that just wonderful?
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.
I like this verse for 2 reasons. 1 – It’s another Old Testament passage predicting the birth of Christ. 2 – I just love learning different names I can call Jesus by because at the sound of His name, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
This was one of the first memory verses I learned as a kid. It’s beautiful.
Take a moment and contemplate the depth of love someone would have to have for you, that would alow them to give their only son to die on your behalf. And not just die but be persecuted, beaten, stoned, spat on, pierced, and crucified. Would you let a loved one go through that for someone else?
I pray that these 5 bible verses to remember during Christmas helps us keep the real reason for season at the forefront of our minds and hearts as we go through this holiday period. Don’t forget to get the phone screensavers to help with aligning your heart and mind. They’re also great for memorizing verses.