Christmas is in the air! What does it feel like in your part of the world? This season is a good time for some deep reflection. And here are 5 great bible verses to reflect on this Christmas Season.
With Christmas trees up and ready in many homes, glittering lights adorning streets, offices, shopping malls and Christmas gifts wrapped and ready to be given. You cannot but feel the activity and excitement that comes with the season. However, in all of the boisterous activity this season, we must never forget that Jesus is the real reason for the season.
5 Great Bible Verses to Reflect on this Christmas Season
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.
To you and I, God’s son was given to redeem us back to God. And Isaiah declares that he will be called Wonderful counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting father and the Prince of Peace.
I remember attending a conference where the minister expanded on one of those names. He cited Jesus, the wonderful counselor as your ‘extraordinary strategist’. When God gives you counsel, he always gives you a strategy that leads to victory. May this season be a reminder to you of the son of God who will show up in your life through his many names when you call on him.
Confession: I have a mighty God who fights all of my battles. I have an everlasting father who loves and watches over me. I have the prince of peace living inside me and he is calming every raging storm in my mind and life. I am blessed to have a wonderful counsellor who gives me good counsel and great strategy for winning in different aspects of my life.
2. Matthew 1:23
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him ‘Immanuel’, (which means “God with us”).
What is the meaning of your name? In my part of the world, some parents give their children non- English names depending on the tribe they come from. I and my siblings all have non-English names. I am from the Urhobo tribe in Delta state, Nigeria, in West Africa and names given usually have loose or deeper meanings. My name Ufuoma means ‘Peace’. Sometimes, a name can give you comfort and hope when waking through certain seasons of life.
The book of Matthew refers us back to the words of the prophet: ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him ‘Immanuel’.
God sent us a savior in his son whose name was Immanuel – meaning ‘God with us’. Imagine speaking his name severally in a day. (God with us, God with us, God with us).
This son who was born by a virgin and whose name is ‘Immanuel’ is a constant reminder of God’s presence in our lives and his longing for intimacy with us. God did not only just come down from heaven, he came to dwell with us. This season, be quick to embrace this powerful name of God and never forget to tell yourself these words – God is with me.
Confession: I have a God who not only lives inside me but is also with me walking me through life as a friend, guide, helper and strengthener. God is with me. God is with my spouse. God is with my children. God is with my family. God is with me through the high and lows of life. God is with me in the pain and sickness. God is with me and he gives me peace in the midst of the raging storms. Alleluia!
3. John 1:9-12
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Everyone knows that even the tiniest ray of light will pierce through the darkness. In fact, darkness will always disappear at the presence of light. The bible announces Jesus as the true light who was coming into the world and will give light to everyone.
It also says that even though the world was made by him, the world did not recognize him and even his own did not receive him. Isn’t this what the world looks like right now? Many are living without an acknowledgement of the person and power of God in their lives. While others are walking in the darkness and have embraced the ways and systems of the world.
The good news is that when you receive Jesus, he will flood your life with his light. Let the true light from heaven light up your life as you receive Jesus afresh into your heart this season.
Confession: I receive Jesus afresh into my heart this season. I am tired of walking and living in the dark and feeling helpless. I ask Lord that you flood my heart with your love and light. No longer will my life by clouded my darkness and uncertainty. I now have the true light living inside me. Alelluia!
4. 1 John 5:11
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. – 1 John 5:11
What a powerful testimony it is of this ‘no ordinary’ life we now have when we receive Christ as our Lord and savior. You become a carrier of God’s presence, a walking miracle, an embodiment of God’s wisdom, a reflection of his nature and character when you come into the knowledge of the divine life you carry as God’s child.
“Eternal life is not a peculiar feeling inside! It is not your ultimate destination, to which you will go when you are dead. If you are born again, eternal life is that quality of life that you possess right now.” – W-Ian Thomas
I love how the passion translation puts that verse. It says that the source of this new life can be found in the son of God.
This is the true testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life has its source in his Son. (TPT)
What a joy it is to know Jesus and the new life that I now have in him. This Christmas season, rediscover this new life you have been given. Those words are not just a cliché but a true reality of the life you now possess as a child of God.
Confession: I walk in this newness of life by virtue of my union with Christ. I am no longer a slave to sin, fear and sickness for I am a child of God. I declare again that I have eternal life and I am a partaker of the fullness and blessings that come with this new life. Amen!
5. John 3:16
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.
At what age did you memorize this particular scripture? This probably is one of the most memorized scripture in most childhood and growing years. I said it many times myself and even memorized the verse in a song that I still sing quietly till this day.
But beyond the popularity of this verse, three things will always stand out when you look at those words closely.
1.God so loved the world. (He is a Loving God)
2. God gave his only son to die for our sins. (He is a Giving God)
3. God says that whoever believes in his son will not perish but have eternal life. (He is a Compassionate God)
It is always never easy to give up or give away something that is of great worth and value to you. God did not just give up anything, he gave up his only son as a sacrifice to die for your sins. His deep love for you compelled him to give up his son to redeem us back to him.
And guess what – he says – ‘whoever’ believes in his son shall never perish. It’s an open cheque God gives us here. Whoever means whoever. Your past, background, flaws or mistakes and earthly origin don’t matter anymore. Jesus is here right now and calling. This season is a great time to believe in the powerful name of Jesus and receive him into your heart. When you do, you will never perish and God’s eternal life becomes yours.
Confession: Lord, I believe. I believe in your son Jesus. I believe in the power in the name of Jesus. I believe that he died to save me. I believe in the resurrection power. I believe that God loves me. I believe that I am now a child of God. Amen!
Remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. We celebrate the hope he signifies and the new life he gives when we receive him into our hearts. And I hope these bible verses help you to reflect more and keep your focus on Jesus this season.
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