Christmas is a magical time of the year. The scent of pine trees and wood burning fill the air. The feel of brisk cold air awakens your senses. Colorful lights brighten up city trees and homes are filled with the sound of festivities. Streets and shops bustle with Christmas carolers and shoppers. Children filled with excitement, anticipate a white Christmas. Ah, the joyous time of Christmas.
Growing up, my family never celebrated Christmas. We didn’t have a Christmas tree or receive any presents. My dad was strict about reminding us that Christmas is about Jesus and not about ourselves. We usually had a special family dinner and a long prayer/devotion time at night. At that time, I felt sad that we did not celebrate Christmas but as I grew older I started to understand more about the true meaning of Christmas.
Now that I have a family of my own, I do adorn my home every year with decorations and garlands. My kids’ faces light up when they see the house decorated every year. And as parents, we love seeing their bursts of excitement and joy. They love the special family gatherings and all the celebrations.
Christmas is a season to be celebrated and to focus on the incarnation of Christ. I want to celebrate the joyous occasion by reminding my children of the real significance of Christmas.
Last year, I created a fun advent calendar with activities for the kids. Now that they are a little older and able to grasp more, I thought about focusing on prophecies concerning Jesus in the Bible. It’s important for them to understand that prophets foretold the birth of Christ many years ago in the Bible.
By reading the scriptures daily, we can keep Christ as the center of Christmas. So during our nightly family devotion time, we will read the scripture verse, discuss the verse, and read a story from the Gospels. My desire is to make this Christmas meaningful and centered on Christ.
25 DAY BIBLE VERSES CHRISTMAS CALENDAR FOR KIDS
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.”
Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.
The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.
2 Sam 7:16
Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.
He will reign on David’s throne, and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
Angel Gabriel to Mary
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of
David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Hosanna!”“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:
“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”
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.”
Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?”
“I see him, but not now: I behold him, but not near.
A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
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.
Of the greatness of his government and peace, there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:
“The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,
and he will reign forever and ever.”
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth.
Mathew 1:1, 20-23
This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 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.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[(which means “God with us”).
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 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.
Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation.
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces, he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
I Peter 1:19-20
but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world but was revealed in these last times for your sake.
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.