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Bible verses speak to us at Christmas and New Years in different ways. Often times at Christmas we are reflective, looking back and taking stock of what Christ’s coming has meant to us. And then we look ahead at the New Year with anticipation and hope.
Christmas is a little ways out yet. And although I don’t allow Christmas music before Thanksgiving, it’s never to early to share Scriptures that might prove useful or encouraging.
Whether you are looking for a Christmas Bible verse for a card or a family devotion you are in the right place. Hoping to find something in God’s word to inspire you in the New Year? Right place. Just need something to reflect on this season? Bingo.
God’s word is always timely. Maybe that’s why it’s described as living and active. I hope you find just what your heart is looking for here. More than 100 verses to ponder, inspire and encourage you.
Some ways you might consider using these verses:
- Read one verse/passage each day
- Use as part of Advent devotions
- Choose a selection of verses to copy in your journal
- Copy verses that inspire or challenge you onto notecards and put them in places you will see them daily
- Use as encouragement for New Year’s Resolutions (or any time you’re trying to instill new habits…trying to get healthier and lose some weight, anyone?)
- Choose some verses to write in your Christmas cards
- Post verses to your social media feeds to encourage others this season (Be sure to link back here so your friends can benefit from the whole list of Scriptures)
- Look up the verses and read the context around them
- Create a family Bible journal using these verses
- Use the verses as copywork for your homeschool student
- Choose 3 verses to memorize
- As a family, read some of the verses while you sit by your Christmas tree
Christmas Bible Verses
The Account of His Birth
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Isaiah 11:1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.
Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
Isaiah 9:6-7 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. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites.
Matthew chapter 1: The genealogy of Jesus and how his birth came about
Matthew 1:21 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
Luke 1:26-38: The birth of Jesus foretold to Mary
Luke 1:35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
Luke 1:39-56: Mary visits Elizabeth and praises God
Luke 1:46-49 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.”
Luke 2:1-20: The account of Christ’s birth
Luke 2:8-9 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.
Luke 2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people
Luke 2:11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Luke 2:22-40: Jesus presented at the temple
Luke 2:29-32 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
Luke 2:40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.
Matthew 2:1-12: The visit of the Magi
Matthew 2:11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Luke 2:52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Jesus is the Best Gift
Galatians 4:4-5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
1 Timothy 1:15-16 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.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
1 John 5:11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
John 1:29 Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:4-5 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
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.
John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world
Acts 5:31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.
New Years Bible Verses
Motivation and Encouragement
Luke 1:37 For nothing will be impossible with God.
Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
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.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Ephesians 3:16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.
Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
Philippians 3:7-9 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ephesians 3:17-19 And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faithproduces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
1 Peter 2:11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
Psalm 18:29 With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.
1 Thessalonians 2:12 We encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to walk worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
The Right Perspective
Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Joshua 1:7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Psalm 37:23-24 The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him
Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
Psalm 5:3 In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Do you have a favorite Bible verse for Christmas or New Years?