Read these Christmas Bible verses in December to hear the story of Jesus’ birth from the Bible.
The Christmas season is filled with joy, hope, and carols. What better way to remember the reason for the season than reading the Bible in December? For 30 days in December 2021, we will be providing verses to encourage and uplift you this Christmas season.
Bible Verses to Read at Christmas
Use these Christmas Bible Verses to help you keep Christ as the center of your holidays this year.
- Bible Verses to Read at Christmas
- Christmas Scripture Readings
- Day 1 – Isaiah 9:2 – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
- Day 2 – Isaiah 9:6-7 – Unto us a child is born, to us a son is given – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Price of Peace.
- Day 3 – Genesis 3:15 – The first promise of a Savior in the Bible.
- Day 4 – Isaiah 7:14 – Prophecy that a virgin shall conceive a son.
- Day 5 – Isaiah 11:1-4 – The branch of Jesse shall bear fruit.
- Day 6 – Isaiah 40:9-11 – He will tend his flock like a shepherd.
- Day 7 – Isaiah 42:1-4 – A bruised reed he will not break.
- Day 8 – Isaiah 61:1-3 – The Lord has annointed me to bring good news to the poor.
- Day 9 – Jeremiah 23:5-6 – God will raise up for David a righteous Branch.
- Day 10 – Micah 5:2-4 – From Bethlehem shall come forth the ruler of Israel.
- Day 11 – Zechariah 9:9-10 – Rejoice greatly O daughter of Zion. Prophecy that Jesus would ride on a donkey.
- Day 12 – Isaiah 52:7-10 -How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news.
- Day 13 – Isaiah 40:1-5 – Comfort, comfort my people. In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord.
- Day 14 – Isaiah 53:1-5 – He has born our grief and carried our sorrows.
- Day 15 – John 1:1-5 – In the beginning was the Word (Name of Jesus).
- Day 16 – Luke 1:5-17 – Birth of John the Baptist foretold.
- Day 17 – Luke 1:18-25 – Zechariah's conversation with an angel.
- Day 18 – Luke 1:26-38 – An angel visits Mary and foretold the miracle of the virgin birth.
- Day 19: Luke 1:39-45 – Mary Visits Elizabeth
- Day 20: Luke 1:47-56 – Mary's song, the Magnificat
- Day 21 – Luke 1: 57-66 – The Birth of John the Baptist.
- Day 22 – Luke 1:67-80 – Zechariah's prophecy.
- Day 23 – Matthew 1:18-24 – The birth of Jesus as recorded in the gospel of Matthew.
- Day 24 (Christmas Eve) – Luke 2:1-7 – The birth of Jesus
- Day 25 (Christmas Day) – Luke 2:8-20 – The shepherds visit Jesus
- Day 26 – Matthew 2:1-6 – The wise men follow the star.
- Day 27 – Matthew 2:7-12 – The magi visit Jesus
- Day 28 – Matthew 2:13-15 – Mary and Joseph flee to Egypt
- Day 29 – Matthew 2:16-18 – Herod Kills the Innocent Children
- Day 30 – Matthew 2:19-23 – Mary, Joseph, and Jesus return to Nazareth
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These most famous and beloved passages for the holidays share the Christmas story of the birth of the Savior. Use these verses to write Christmas cards, share on social media, read the nativity story around the dinner table with your family, church readings, Christmas carols, or for your own quiet reflection as you remember that Jesus is the reason we celebrate.
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Christmas Scripture Readings
Use these verses as a daily reading plan for your own personal devotion time, for Bible journaling, with a Bible study group, or together with your children. This plan guides you through reading the Christmas story, prophecies of Jesus from the Old Testament, and other readings that show the importance of Jesus as our Savior.
Day 1 – Isaiah 9:2 – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
The people who walked in darknessIsaiah 9:2
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
Jesus is the light of the world, come as foretold in Isaiah.
Day 2 – Isaiah 9:6-7 – Unto us a child is born, to us a son is given – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Price of Peace.
For to us a child is born,Isaiah 9:6-7
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.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
This popular verse from Isaiah predicts the birth of Jesus as the promised Messiah.
Day 3 – Genesis 3:15 – The first promise of a Savior in the Bible.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,Genesis 3:15
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.
When man and woman first sinned in the garden of Eden, God promised a Savior who would be Jesus.
Day 4 – Isaiah 7:14 – Prophecy that a virgin shall conceive a son.
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
Isaiah foretold that Mary would be a virgin yet give birth to Jesus, the miracle of the virgin birth.
Day 5 – Isaiah 11:1-4 – The branch of Jesse shall bear fruit.
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,Isaiah 11:1-4
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Jesus is the branch of Jesse because he comes from the lineage of David. (Jesse was David’s father.)
Day 6 – Isaiah 40:9-11 – He will tend his flock like a shepherd.
Go on up to a high mountain,Isaiah 40:9-11
O Zion, herald of good news;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good news;
lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Behold your God!”
Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
Jesus is your great Shepherd who gathers and protects you.
Day 7 – Isaiah 42:1-4 – A bruised reed he will not break.
Behold my servant, whom I uphold,Isaiah 42:1-4
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.
The Messiah, the predicted Savior to come, will take care of His people. He will bring justice to Israel and brings justice and hope to each one of us.
Day 8 – Isaiah 61:1-3 – The Lord has annointed me to bring good news to the poor.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,Isaiah 61:1-3
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
The Spirit of the Lord is on Jesus, as seen in Jesus’ baptism. Jesus will proclaim God’s good news and bring hope to all people.
Day 9 – Jeremiah 23:5-6 – God will raise up for David a righteous Branch.
Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’Jeremiah 23:5-6
Jesus, who is from the lineage of David, fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah.
Day 10 – Micah 5:2-4 – From Bethlehem shall come forth the ruler of Israel.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,Micah 5:2-4
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.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
This verse from Micah is a prophecy that the Messiah will come from Bethlehem.
Day 11 – Zechariah 9:9-10 – Rejoice greatly O daughter of Zion. Prophecy that Jesus would ride on a donkey.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!Zechariah 9:9-10
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall speak peace to the nations;
his rule shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Day 12 – Isaiah 52:7-10 -How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news.
How beautiful upon the mountainsIsaiah 52:7-10
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;
together they sing for joy;
for eye to eye they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.
Break forth together into singing,
you waste places of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God.
All of God’s people can be comforted knowing salvation is coming as God has promised.
Day 13 – Isaiah 40:1-5 – Comfort, comfort my people. In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord.
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that her warfare is ended,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.
A voice cries:Isaiah 40:1-5
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
God’s people find comfort knowing a Savior is to come. John the Baptism fulfills this prophecy that a person would come in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord.
Day 14 – Isaiah 53:1-5 – He has born our grief and carried our sorrows.
Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefsIsaiah 53:1-5
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
Day 15 – John 1:1-5 – In the beginning was the Word (Name of Jesus).
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.John 1:1-5
The beginning passages of the gospel of John explain how Jesus is part of the trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Word of God is one of the names of Jesus.
Day 16 – Luke 1:5-17 – Birth of John the Baptist foretold.
In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.
Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.Luke 1:5-17
John the Baptism preached in the wilderness and prepared people for the coming of Jesus.
Day 17 – Luke 1:18-25 – Zechariah’s conversation with an angel.
And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute. And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”Luke1:18-25
Zechariah, father of John the Baptism, did not believe at first that his wife Elizabeth would become pregnant with a child, but what the angel said came true.
Day 18 – Luke 1:26-38 – An angel visits Mary and foretold the miracle of the virgin birth.
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 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.”
And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.Luke 1: 26-37
The angel Gabriel visited Mary and told her she would become pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. Mary would give birth to a son even though she was a virgin. This proved true at the birth of Jesus.
Day 19: Luke 1:39-45 – Mary Visits Elizabeth
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”Luke 1:39-45
After the angel told her she would become pregnant, Mary goes to stay with her cousin Elizabeth. This might have been for her own safety as well, since in that time in society she could have been put to death for being pregnant outside of marriage.
Day 20: Luke 1:47-56 – Mary’s song, the Magnificat
And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.Luke 1:47-56
Mary’s song, called the Magnificat, is her song of worship and praise to God after Gabriel’s announcement. Mary is an example to us of tremendous faith.
Day 21 – Luke 1: 57-66 – The Birth of John the Baptist.
Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.” And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.” And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.Luke 1: 57-66
John the Baptist is born as the angel predicted to Zechariah.
Day 22 – Luke 1:67-80 – Zechariah’s prophecy.
And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.Luke 1:67-80
Zechariah’s song of worship shows his great faith, even though at first he didn’t believe the angel’s message.
Day 23 – Matthew 1:18-24 – The birth of Jesus as recorded in the gospel of Matthew.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.Matthew 1:18-24
While the most famous Christmas story reading is from Luke 2, the gospel of Matthew also records the birth of Jesus. Matthew explains how Joseph was told about Mary’s virgin conception in a dream and that Joseph was faithful to her.
Day 24 (Christmas Eve) – Luke 2:1-7 – The birth of Jesus
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.Luke 2:1-7
Luke 2 is the beloved Christmas story Bible verse and also the verse that Linus reads in the Charlie Brown Christmas special. Enjoy this famous Bible reading on Christmas Eve together with your family.
Day 25 (Christmas Day) – Luke 2:8-20 – The shepherds visit Jesus
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. 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. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 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 among those with whom he is pleased!”
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.Luke 2:8-20
Merry Christmas! On Christmas day, read about how the shepherds were told of Jesus’ birth by a multitude of angels, and then went to the manger to see the baby with Mary and Joseph.
Day 26 – Matthew 2:1-6 – The wise men follow the star.
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 saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,Matthew 2:1-6
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
The wise men came from the East to visit Jesus, following a star. This is Epiphany and actually took place several years after the birth of Jesus.
Day 27 – Matthew 2:7-12 – The magi visit Jesus
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 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. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.Matthew 2:7-12
The magi, or wise men, brought Jesus 3 gifts, but there were probably more than 3 wise men. They visited Jesus in a house since it was likely several years after he was born and Jesus was probably a toddler at the time.
Day 28 – Matthew 2:13-15 – Mary and Joseph flee to Egypt
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”Matthew 2:13-15
God warned Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt to protect Jesus’ life from Herod.
Day 29 – Matthew 2:16-18 – Herod Kills the Innocent Children
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
“A voice was heard in Ramah,Matthew 2:16-18
weeping and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
Sadly, King Herod, fearful that the birth of a Messiah would threaten his rule, orders that all male children under two years of ago be killed.
Day 30 – Matthew 2:19-23 – Mary, Joseph, and Jesus return to Nazareth
But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.Matthew 2:19-23
After the death of Herod, Mary and Joseph return to Galilee and settle in the town of Nazareth, which fulfills a prophecy that the Messiah would be a Nazarene.
What is Advent?
Advent is the time in the church year that we prepare our hearts for the coming of Baby Jesus and it takes place during the month of December. Advent is a wonderful time to slow day and savor just how incredible it is that Jesus came to give his life for us.
Read more here:
What is Advent? – Learn the meaning of the word Advent and how to make the holiday season meaningful for you and your family.
How to Use an Advent Wreath – Use an Advent Wreath to make the coming of our Savior, Jesus.
This Advent reading plan is a perfect addition to your December.
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