Bible Verses About Christmas

Here are some Bible verses about Christmas. You can use these favorite scripture quotes for your Christmas greeting cards. Many churches also use them for Advent Bible readings or Christmas programs. These Bible verses are inspirational for holiday occasions and a great way to personalize your gifts or crafts.  I’d love to hear how you’re using these Christmas Bible verses for cards.

Bible Verses About Christmas

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

Jesus is born of a virgin —

  • Luke 1:35 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.
  • Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

Angels announce the birth of Jesus

  • Luke 2:9-12 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.  And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a 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.”
  • Luke 2:13-14 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!” “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

Jesus born in the village of Bethlehem — 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. ”

Royal titles given to Jesus —  Isaiah 9:6-7  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.  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.

Christmas Coloring pages

New for Christmas: Mandy is creating an Advent coloring book. Each page will have a different coloring sheet to help children think about the meaning of Christmas. When all put together, kids will have a Gospel-centered art project in to celebrate the season.

Need More Help? Check out our free Christmas resources for kids ministry. This includes our Christmas Bible Lessons that have been used by thousands of churches.

Long Bible Passages and Christmas Verses

The following passages from the New Testament tell the story of Jesus’ birth. These are typically the readings during advent season.

Matthew 1:18-25 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. (19) And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. (20) 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. (21) She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (22) All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: (23) “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). (24) When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, (25) but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Luke 1:26-80 [ad#float-right](26) In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, (27) to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. (28) And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” (29) But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. (30) And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. (31) And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. (32) 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, (33) and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (34) And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” (35) 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. (36) 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. (37) For nothing will be impossible with God.” (38) 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. (39) In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, (40) and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. (41) And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, (42) and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! (43) And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (44) For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. (45) And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” (46) And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, (47) and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, (48) for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; (49) for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. (50) And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. (51) He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; (52) he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; (53) he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. (54) He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, (55) as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” (56) And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home. (57) Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. (58) And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. (59) And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, (60) but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.” (61) And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.” (62) And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. (63) And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. (64) And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. (65) And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, (66) 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. (67) And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, (68) “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people (69) and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, (70) as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, (71) that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; (72) to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, (73) the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us (74) that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, (75) in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. (76) And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, (77) to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, (78) because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high (79) to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (80) 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 2:1-40 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. (2) This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. (3) And all went to be registered, each to his own town. (4) 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, (5) to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. (6) And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. (7) 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. (8) And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. (9) And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. (10) And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. (11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (12) And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (13) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, (14) “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (15) 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.” (16) And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. (17) And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. (18) And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. (19) But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. (20) And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (21) And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (22) And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (23) (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) (24) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” (25) Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. (26) And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. (27) And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, (28) he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, (29) “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; (30) for my eyes have seen your salvation (31) that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, (32) a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” (33) And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. (34) And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (35) (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” (36) And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, (37) and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. (38) And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. (39) And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. (40) And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

Matthew 2:1-23Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, (2) 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.” (3) When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; (4) and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. (5) They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: (6) “‘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.'” (7) Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. (8) 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.” (9) 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. (10) When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. (11) 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. (12) And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. (13) 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.” (14) And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt (15) 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.” (16) 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. (17) Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: (18) “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” (19) But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, (20) 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.” (21) And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. (22) 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. (23) And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled: “He shall be called a Nazarene.”


  1. Sid Savio says

    Dear Sis. Mary Margaret, Firstly, I hope everything is fine with you and your family this holiday season.
    I quote from the Bible: Luke 1:30-31 – 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.
    As you can see, God gave His only Begotten Son for us, for you and your family – for our sake He died on the Cross.
    Don’t Worry Sis. Mary, God will supply all your needs.
    The best suggestion is:
    – write Joyful bible scriptures all over the house, every door, every room, you have in.
    – Carolling will boost the Joy of the Christmas season. It brings a sense of oneness and unity. It gives an auro of belongingness.
    – You can play Christmas jingles and songs which will help to keep the joy alive.
    Please tell your little daughter – The Lord is her Shepherd and her Strength. She is not alone.
    Merry Christmas in advance.

  2. Siddhi says

    Hope by now,everything is well settled in your family.I could feel your pain through your words.But dont worry ,just remember God is with you,he loves u the most!!!!And its celebration time.May this Christmas brings joys to your family !!Merry Christmas in advance!

  3. Guest says

    Mary Margaret, I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your husband too. I don’t have a particular suggestion of how to use the verses, other than maybe writing them on a mirror, or around the house.

    If you enjoy singing, one thing our family has enjoyed through the years is caroling to our neighbourhood with some friends. We stick to songs that tell the story about Jesus (just one or two per house) and then end with “We wish you a Merry Christmas”. Sometimes we’ve also handed out New testaments to people who want them. The point of it all being to remind people of the true reason for Christmas.

  4. Greg says

    Thank you for the resource. I wanted to add verse to our Christmas cards this year to add ‘authenticity’ if that is the right word to use.

  5. chloe says

    My family loves to read parts of the Christmas story out out of the bible in the month of december, I have been looking for some more verses to read each night. This really helps! thanks!!

  6. Bethany says

    I am using these verses for a card ministry that I have. Each year, we distribute cards to residents in local nursing homes, particularly those residents who do not get frequent visitors. We hope to brighten their Christmas, share Christ’s love, and show them that they are loved. These verses are written in many of the cards, and we know that His word never returns void.
    Bethany (18)

  7. says

    Amen to all these scriptures and blessings to those who submitted them!

    John 3:16, “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.”

    There’s no greater love than God’s love for us!

  8. Ray says

    Jer 23:5 The days are now coming, says the Lord, when I will make a righteous Branch spring from David’s line, a king who shall rule wisely, maintaining law and justice in the land.

    Jer 23:6 In his days Judah shall be kept safe, and Israel shall live undisturbed. This is the name to be given him: The Lord is our Righteousness”
    Gen 49:10 Judah shall not want a branch from his stem, a prince drawn from his stock, until the day when he comes who is to be sent to us, he, the hope of the nations.

    Is 2:11 “Human pride will lower its eyes; the arrogance of men will be humbled. The Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.”

    Micah 5:4-5a “He will stand and feed his flock with the power of the Lord, with the majesty of the name of his God. They will live secure, for from then on he will extend his power to the ends of the land. He himself will be peace.”
    Hag 2:6, 9 “A little while now and I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. The new glory of this Temple is going to surpass the old, says the Lord of Hosts and this place I will give peace.”

    Mal 4:2 “For you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in his wings, says the Lord of Hosts”
    Jer 30:21-22”A ruler shall appear one of themselves, a governor shall arise from their own number, I will myself bring him near and so he shall approach me, says the Lord. So you shall be my people and I will be your God.”
    Jer 29:11,13 “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give a future and a hope. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”.
    Is 11:1-2 A shoot shall grow from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall spring from his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of counsel and power, a spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord”.

    Is 61:11 “As the earth puts forth forth her blossom or bushes in the garden burst into flower, so shall the Lord God make righteousness and praise blossom before all the nations.”

    1 Thess 5:23-4 “May the God who gives us peace make you completely his, and keep your whole being, spirit, soul and body, free from all fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you will do it, for he is faithful!”

    Ezek 34:15-16 “I myself will pasture my sheep, I myself will show them where to rest—it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall be a true shepherd to them.”
    1Cor 1:7b-9 “You wait expectantly for the Lord Jesus Christ to reveal himself. He will keep you firm to the end, without reproach on the Day of our Lord Jesus. It is God himself who called you to share in the life of his Son.”

    Rom 13:11-12 “It is now the hour for you to wake from your sleep, for our salvation is closer than when we first accepted the faith. The night is far spent; the day draws near. Let us cast of the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light”.
    Phil “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand.”

    Is 2:3 Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”

    Is 10:24, 27 “Thus says the Lord, the Lord of hosts: ‘O my people, who dwell in Zion, be not afraid. In that day the burden will depart from your shoulder and the yoke from your neck.’
    Is 45:8 Rain righteousness, you heavens, let the skies above pour down; let the earth open to receive it, that it may bear the fruit of salvation with righteousness in blossom at its side.”
    Jer 30:18 “These are the words of the Lord: Watch; I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s clans and show my love for all his dwellings”.
    Gal 4:4-5 “When the appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman—born subject to the Law, to redeem the subjects of the Law and to enable us to be adopted as sons.”
    Heb 1:1-2 When in former times God spoke to our forefathers, he spoke in fragmentary and varied fashion through the prophets. But in this the final age he has spoken to us in the Son whom he has made heir to the whole universe, and through whom he created all orders of existence.”

  9. Ray says

    Thanks so much for putting this site together and much appreciated all who have shared their thoughts and scriptures. The Catholic Church put together as part of its liturgical worship- what is known as the Divine Office- which comprises prayers and intercessions based around the seasons of the Church’s year as it recalls the wonders of God and his work in our world for our salvation. It has a rich array of scriptures which are used to for the season of Advent and I will post those which haven’t been used in your blog so far. I too enjoyn putting these scriptures inside Christmas greeting cards especially those which are cheap and more secular…. Gen 49:10 Juda shall not want a branch from his stem, a prince drawn from his stock, until the day when he comes who is to be sent to us, he, the hope of the nations.


  10. Alicia says

    To Mary Margaret and your daughter,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. I came to this site to look up verses for our Christmas and saw your recent comment. We as the body of Christ are to grieve with those who are grieving and rejoice with those who are rejoicing (even those we will not meet on this side of eternity). May this Christmas be a time of drawing close to your Father and feeling His comforting arms around you and your daughter. I looked up some sites for verses for those who are grieving and these were two of many that showed up. This verse has comforted me in times of loss “Revelation 21:4
    He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” You can believe God’s promises on heaven and being reunited with your loved one.

    Here’s another verse that reminds us that God has compassion on us, even though He allows grief:
    Lamentations 3:31-33

    For men are not cast off
    by the Lord forever.
    Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
    so great is his unfailing love.
    For he does not willingly bring affliction
    or grief to the children of men.

    Here are the sites:
    God bless you!

  11. Mary Margaret says

    This will be mine and my children’s second Christmas without their father. He passed away just before the holiday season in 2009. He lived for 32 days from the day he was diagnosed with throat cancer, so his death was not expected. We managed well enough our first Christmas, but seem to be having a much harder time this year. Because money is really tight for us this year, my daughter and I have decided to decorate as usual, but we will not be giving gifts this year. We feel that God has brought us an opportunity to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas this year. We intend to devote this entire holiday season to the birth of Christ. Since we are feeling the loss of my husband more strongly this year, I would like to incorporate some Bible verses that might help my daughter (she is our youngest and having the hardest time coping without her dad) with her feelings of loss. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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