7 Bible Verses to Read on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day

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Here are 7 Bible verses that give more meaning to Christmas as they all focus on the “Christ” that you can read during the Christmas season.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

This prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled, most likely, near 6 – 5 BC, and that prophecy concerned Jesus Christ Who came to be born into the flesh. He was to be born like any other man except that He would be sinless at birth and being born of a virgin (and the Scriptures say). Since He was born by the Spirit of God, He would not have man’s nature of depravity. Why call Him Immanuel? He was with God before He existed on earth but He came to dwell in the flesh, but was still God of very God. He walked with those around Him in the flesh, so indeed He was “God with them” (which is what Immanuel means). That sign was given to the shepherds too (Luke 2:9) as the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy.

“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” (Isaiah 9:6).

I like the wording here in this verse. Unto “us” a son is given…being the very Son of God. He was given for our justification or as a ransom for the many who would believe in Him (Mark 10:45). A child was born in Bethlehem and this Son…the Son of God, was born unto “us,” or for those of us who have trusted in Him. In time, the whole creation will rest upon His shoulders as His righteous, earthly reign begins (some day).

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

Here we actually see the plan of God unfold before us on earth. To begin with, Jesus was with God in the beginning or before anything existed (John 1:1-2), but in time and space, He came to be born in a stable. He became or was born into flesh through the virgin Mary. And He (Jesus) dwelt among them…the apostles and His disciples, as He dwells with us who believe.

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us)” (Matt 1:23).

Jesus BirthdayHere is where Isaiah’s prophecies or signs come to pass (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6). This story of Christ’s birth and earthly ministry were all foretold from ancient of days; thousands of years before He even existed in the flesh, yet not one prophecy has ever failed…nor will any other prophecy ever fail to come to pass.

“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” (Matt 2:6).

You can’t get more specific than mentioning the town where Christ would be born and from a prophecy written about one thousand years before He came to earth. The only reason that Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem, where Jesus was prophesied to be born, was because of a census ordered by Roman authorities. This proves beyond a shadow of doubt that God is in full control of time and history at all times…and it is all really not history but “His-story.”

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh” (Matt 2:10-11).

The Magi or king-rulers were not just happy to find the prophesied King of the Jews…they “rejoiced exceedingly with great joy!” That’s about as happy as these rulers could get. That’s what their whole (several months) journey and purpose was all about; to bring gifts to the King that they sought after. The gold being fit for a king; the incense represented Jesus’ being a Man of prayer; and the myrrh foretold of His burial. They came to worship Him and wise men and women are still coming to worship the King today.

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (Matt 1:23).

Finally, all has been fulfilled with the birth of Christ through the young virgin called Mary. She had conceived of the Holy Spirit Who had overshadowed her (Luke 1:35). Certainly for Joseph and Mary, it was God with them (Immanuel) in the flesh, starting at birth with their baby. They were eye witnesses to the virgin birth and the supernatural conception by the Holy Spirit. The corrupt seed of mankind would not therefore be passed onto Jesus. This makes Him unique and the One and Only Son of God…begotten (not created) of God (John 3:16). And like God the Father and the Holy Spirit, there is none other like Jesus Who is both God and Man. For even the angels say to us today, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10).


If you can comment and leave us your own favorite Christmas verse, that’d be great. We know there are others out there that may be even better than these, but whatever your favorite Bible verse is for Christmas is, you are our favorite readers and we pray God richly blesses you. The staff at What Christians Want to Know want to wish you and your family a very blessed and Merry Christmas and a healthy, prosperous new year. We are only here to serve you and we pray for all who come to read and comment.

Here is some related reading for you: 10 Good Traditions for Christian Families

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), Crossway Bibles. (2007). ESV: Study Bible: English standard version. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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