During the Christmas season, be sure to take some time to do more than the shopping, card-sending, baking, and decorating; spend some time with the Lord in His Word! Commit to Him that you’ll work on one Bible journaling page per week, perhaps based on:

  • the Advent themes: Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.
  • Christmas carol lyrics
  • your pastor’s Advent sermon
  • an Advent devotional (plenty are on Google)

I’ve listed 40 verses to consider for Christmastime journaling (or for writing in your Christmas cards!). Some could include more of the chapter surrounding them, of course, so read for context. Any verse of course can be inspiring of a holiday heart, though, so do what the Lord calls you to!

This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.           

1 John 4:10

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.           

1 John 5:11

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.           

1 Corinthians 1:3   

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!           

2 Corinthians 9:15           

God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.           

Acts 5:31

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.           

Galatians 4:4-5       

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.           

Isaiah 11:1 1           

You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”           

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           

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.           

Isaiah 9:6-7                     

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           

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.           

John 1:1  

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.           

John 1:14           

In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.           

John 1:4-5           

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.           

John 1:5           

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

John 1:9           

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”           

John 16:33           

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           

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus.”

Luke 1:30-31           

So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.           

Luke 1:35b           

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with theHoly Spirit.  In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!”           

Luke 1:39-45           

And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”           

Luke 1:46-47           

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.           

Luke 2:10           

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, theLord.           

Luke 2:11           

This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.           

Luke 2:12           

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”           

Luke 2:13-14  

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

Luke 2:16

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.           

Luke 2:6-7

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.           

Luke 2:8-9

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 

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).           

Matthew 1:23 

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.           

Matthew 2:10

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   

“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.”           

Micah 5:2

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.           

Proverbs 17:22    

Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.           

Psalm 117:1-2 

May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores bring tribute to him. May the kings of Sheba and Seba present him gifts. May all kings bow down to Him and all nations serve Him.           

Psalm 72:10-11  

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.           

Romans 15:13 

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

Romans 6:23  

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.

Titus 3:4-5

What other verses make you think of Christmas? Leave comments to grow this list! -Sandy