It’s a good thing we have holidays. Without these forced pauses in our hurried schedules, we would plow through life with only a headstone to stop us.
Christmas certainly offers us a time to take a break from work. It’s also a time for family to reconnect. But most importantly, the holiday reminds us of essential truths in our spiritual lives.
Here are 7 Christian Christmas readings from Scripture with suggested themes for personal reflection or group discussion.
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1. Bethlehem—the Birthplace of Messiah
Read Micah 5:2–4; Matthew 2:4–6.
Suggested theme: God’s faithfulness to keep His promises, even after centuries.
2. Jesus—Born of a Virgin
Read Matthew 1:18–25.
Suggested theme: The sinless nature of Jesus.
3. Mary’s Obedience
Read Luke 1:26–38.
Suggested theme: The willingness of Mary to follow God’s difficult will.
4. The Christmas Census
Read Luke 2:1–5.
Suggested theme: The sovereignty of God that worked through world events in order that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.
5. Shepherds Hear it First
Read Luke 2:8–20.
Suggested theme: God’s first announcement of salvation came to the lowliest of society.
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6. Slaughter of the Innocents in God’s Plan
Read Matthew 2:16–18.
Suggested theme: Sometimes a good and loving God allows horrific evil.
7. Magi Worship Jesus
Read Matthew 2:1–2, 9–12.
Suggested theme: Why great men of standing would humble themselves to worship a child.
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