Festive Bible Verses for Christmas

Are you wondering… What is a good Bible Verse for Christmas? The good news is, God’s Word is full of inspiration for our Christmas Day festivities. These Festive Bible Verses for Christmas are the perfect way to remember Jesus is the reason for the season!

And I’m so excited for the holiday season ahead! Because the countdown to Christmas is on! And the excitement of the season is just getting started!

This past weekend my family got our festive on!

We put the Christmas tree up and decorated it with happy wishes for a bright and light holiday. There are even a couple of presents wrapped in festive red and green underneath it already.

The nativity has been lovingly arranged in its place of honor, our buffet table.

The ceramic snowmen from my childhood have found their way to the side tabletops.

The candy canes and chocolate fudge are waiting to be gobbled up.

And Christmas cards are calling my name.

Yes, we are ready and well prepared for the festivities.

But before it all begins, let’s reflect on the most essential part of Christmas…

The Messiah, the Chosen One, the Savior of our souls, Jesus Christ.

In this short devotional, we’ll read some Festive Bible Verses for Christmas. Each one fills my heart with the true meaning of the season, and I pray they will do the same for you.

Plus, they make a beautiful addition to Christmas cards. Just choose one of your favorite Bible Verses below for your cards and include their inspiring message along with your heartfelt greetings.

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The Christmas Story in the Bible

The birth of Jesus in the Bible is the greatest story ever told! And each year we celebrate this joyous event during Christmas time.

The cute ceramic nativity we set out on our tables represents that story.

The nativity story that changed history forever!

The shepherds who came to worship. The wise men who came bearing gifts. The angel announcing the birth of the Savior. The holy family, Mary and Joseph.

And most importantly, the Messiah Himself, the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes and sleeping in the hay.

They all remind us of the Christmas story and the importance it has in our lives every day of the year.

But this time of year holds special meaning to believers. And reading the Christmas story is a wonderful way to celebrate our Savior.

So, let’s read these Christmas story Bible verses and answer the question… What verse is the Christmas story in the Bible?


Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

                                                    Matthew 1:18


But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 

                                                 Matthew 1:20 NKJV


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.

                                               Matthew 1:21 NIV


And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

                                                  Luke 2:7 KJV


For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

                                                  Luke 2:11


And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

Glory to God in the highest,

And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!

                                               Luke 2:13-14


When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

                                               Luke 2:15-16 NIV


 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

                                               Matthew 2:9-10 KJV


And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.

                                               Luke 2:33 NKJV


So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David because he belonged to the house and line of David.

                                               Luke 2:4 NIV

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

                                                Matthew 2:1-2 NKJV

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 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.

                                               Luke 2:8-10 ESV

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.

                                                Matthew 2:11 NIV

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

                                              Luke 2:14 KJV


But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “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.

                                             Matthew 1:20 NIV

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

                                            Luke 2:10 NKJV


“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

                                           Matthew 1:23 NKJV

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 1:35 NIV

Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

                                           Luke 2:34-35 NKJV

“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

                                           Mark 11:10 NIV

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

                                          Matthew 2:6 ESV

 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 1:46-49 NIV


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Old Testament Bible Verses about Jesus’ Birth

These encouraging Christmas scriptures are awe-inspiring!

So many years before Christ would come, God gave us a promise of a Savior through many Old Testament prophecies. To see that promise in black and white should bring tears to our eyes and thankfulness to our hearts every time we read them.

Because without this amazing promise, there wouldn’t be a reason to celebrate this glorious season. So, let’s read the exciting story of Jesus starting in the Old Testament.

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,

Yet out of you shall come forth to Me

The One to be Ruler in Israel,

Whose goings forth are from of old,

From everlasting.

                                                  Micah 5:2


For unto us a Child is born,

Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

                                            Isaiah 9:6 NKJV


Of the increase of His government and peace

There will be no end,

Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,

To order it and establish it with judgment and justice

From that time forward, even forever.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

                                            Isaiah 9:7 NKJV


Therefore God, Your God has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

                                            Psalm 45:7


Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

                                            Zechariah 9:9


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 7:14


There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.

                                           Isaiah 11:1 ESV


Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

                                         Zechariah 9:9 KJV

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.

                                         Micah 5:2 ESV




Bible Verses about the Meaning of Christmas

In this collection of Christmas Bible Verses, we see the most precious promise made to us in the Old Testament became the most wonderful Christmas gift we will ever receive.

This precious gift came silently on a dark night, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

What an amazing gift to see the Old Testament promise of the Messiah fulfilled in these scriptures!

Not because He said He would come, but because He came to save us and give us a new life in Him.

This is the true meaning of Christmas. Praise Jesus, the greatest Christmas present on our wish list! And now is the perfect time to celebrate our salvation in Him!


Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

                                                   2 Corinthians 9:15


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

                                                   John 3:16 KJV


Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

                                                    Acts 5:31


Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

                                                   Luke 15:10


I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

                                              John 14:6


For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

                                               Luke 19:10


For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.

                                             Colossians 2:9


And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

                                             1 John 5:11-13 NKJV


Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

                                            James 1:17 NIV

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

                                           Romans 15:13 NKJV


He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

                                           Luke 1:32-33 ESV

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

                                          John 1:9 ESV

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. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”

                                         Galatians 4:4-6 NIV


 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

                                         John 1:29 NIV


Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

                                        1 Timothy 1:15 NIV

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.

                                         Titus 3:4-7 NIV

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

                                         Romans 6:23 NKJV

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

                                         Acts 2:38 NKJV

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

                                          Romans 14:8-9 NIV


I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

                                          Acts 20:35 NKJV


Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

                                         James 1:17 NKJV

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

                                         Philippians 2:8 ESV


 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.

                                         John 3:16 NIV



Did you find some Christmas verses that inspired you for the coming holiday season?

I’m praying the very best Merry Christmas wishes to you and yours this Christmas season! And I hope one of these Festive Bible Verses for Christmas showed you the true meaning of Christmas and this joyous holiday!

Please let me know which scripture is your favorite in the comments. I’d love to read your thoughts and stories about what Christmas means to you.

And I promise I’ll answer back.

Until next time, Merry Christmas! And let the festivities begin!

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