Have you noticed that Christmas cards are not as popular as they once were? I find this troubling because I thoroughly enjoy receiving them every December. I also enjoy sending them, especially the photo cards of my cute kids. If you struggle with what to write in your card, these 25 Christmas Bible verses for cards have you covered. Keep reading, you are sure to find one that expresses what you want to say perfectly!
The holidays are a wonderful way to share your faith and be a light to your family and friends. In a season where commercialism rules and life is a little too stressful for most of us, be the hope and encouragement.
What do You Say on a Religious Christmas Card?
So, what do you say on a religious Christmas card? You don’t want to be pushy with your faith because your nonbeliever friends and family will simply disregard your card. However, you truly want to wish them the joy and peace found in Christ.
With “keep Christ in Christmas” a little overused and “he is the reason for the season” right there next to it, how can you be authentic in your religious Christmas card?
- Find a verse that speaks to you. It doesn’t have to be one centered around Christmas.
- Write from your heart and do not worry what people are going to think when they read it.
- Make it personal. Share something that happened to you the past year that made an impact.
- Be real. We all roll our eyes at cliche and we all feel insecure over picture perfect.
What is the Best Message for Christmas?
The best message for Christmas is one of hope because after all, that is what Jesus gave us. A chance to be reconciled with our creator. Simple quotes like these can sum up your feelings without using Bible verses.
“The good news of great joy changed the course of every silent night to come.” -Alicia Bruxvoort
“Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.” -C.S. Lewis
But even better than a quote from someone else is a simple reflection of your own feelings. A simple blessing over those who are receiving your card is beautiful. It doesn’t have to be fancy or eloquent.
If you desire to share the love and hope of the season, simply say that. If you wish for their coming year to be filled with the knowledge and grace of God, go ahead and write it. These heartfelt sentiments are what most of us want to hear!
Christmas Story Bible Verses
Of course, Christmas story Bible verses are an obvious choice. I tried to come up with a few less common verses along with the usuals.
The prophecy of Zechariah after John the Baptist is born is often overlooked. I think we skip it in order to get to the story of Jesus, but it is a beautiful passage.
Blessed is the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited and redeemed His people. (Luke 1:68)
Through the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;
To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:78-79)
These next four passages are from the story of the angels appearing to the shepherds and the shepherds coming to visit the baby Jesus. I divided them up into shorter sections that can stand alone. Can you imagine being there that night? Angels singing, announcing the good news that the long-awaited Messiah had come. That is a story that was told over and over.
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8-12)
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, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:13-14)
And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. (Luke 2:16)
Old Testament prophesies are great verses because they show the faith that goes into waiting for the promises. The Jewish people waited for their Messiah for thousands of years.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Be sure to check out my posts about this verse!
Other Christmas Bible Verses for Cards
You don’t have to put a Bible verse about Jesus’s birth on Christmas cards. You can choose whichever Bible verse conveys your thoughts and feelings at the moment or your blessing upon the receiver.
The whole idea of Christmas cards is to connect with your family, loved ones, and acquaintances. In this world of social media, I personally love an in-the-mailbox connection.
What Bible verses are fitting for Christmas cards that do not tell of the birth of Christ? I’d say any verse that wishes peace, joy, love, hope, or goodwill.
Bible Verses about Peace and Comfort
Far too often we seek out peace as a feeling, but true peace is not a feeling dependent on what is going on around you. True peace has much more to do with your relationship with God than it does with your circumstances.
Peace is the confidence that God is with us and taking care of us. He is working all things for our good and has promised to never leave us. We have peace because we’ve been reconciled with our Creator and we’ve been forgiven.
These Bible verses are perfect for Christmas cards without referring to the Christmas story.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation. (Isaiah 12:2)
The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace. (Psalm 29:11)
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
Lord, you establish peace for us;
all that we have accomplished you have done for us. (Isaiah 26:12)
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Bible Verses about Peace and Joy
Just like peace, joy is another state of being that we link to a feeling. Our feelings change depending on our circumstances. We can have joy in the middle of trials because our faith is in Christ. Joy comes with the confidence of our salvation and the hope of eternal life. What you are experiencing now is not the end. Our future home is greater than anything we could possibly experience here on earth.
Just like the above verses, these Christmas Bible verses for cards do not mention the Christmas story.
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
“For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12)
Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8-9)
let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:3)
Light is sown for the righteous,
And gladness for the upright in heart. (Psalm 97:11)
that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; (Colossians 1:10-11)
There you have it! No more staring at a blank card or computer screen trying to figure out a verse that expresses your sentiments for the season or the upcoming year. I hope you have found exactly what you are looking for in this collection of Christmas Bible verses for cards! Be sure to let me know in the comments below!
For inspiration this season, check out these posts from my friends at Rosevine Cottage Girls.