I don’t remember why I memorized Luke 2:1-20 as a child. It may have been for a church Christmas play or a school program, but I committed that passage to memory many years ago. I can still recall most of it today – if you’re not grading me on it! 🙂 It’s also the Scripture we read together as a family each Christmas Eve before our kids go to bed.
If your children are very young, however, that’s a lot of verses to learn! I pulled together a list of five short verses that you can use to introduce them to the whole Christmas story.
1. “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” ~Isaiah 7:14b Talk to your children about God’s promise way back in the Old Testament that He would send His Son to save us from our sins.
2. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” ~John 1:14a I like to use this verse to teach that Jesus was God, made in the likeness of man, who left Heaven’s glories to come down and live with the people that He had created.
3. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” ~Matthew 1:21 Introduce the characters in the Christmas story. God chose Mary to be the mother of the Messiah, and Joseph to be His earthly father. I marvel at the faith these two had!
4. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” ~Luke 2:11 The heart of the Christmas story is here as angels announce to shepherds on a hillside that the Savior has been born. That good news has been shared countless times in the thousands of years since then!
5. “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him…” ~Matthew 2:11a Here we have the addition of the wise men to the Christmas story. These men traveled a long distance just to worship the one whose star they had seen back in their homeland.
Have you ever memorized part of the Christmas story from Luke 2? As a mom, I especially love verse 19, which tells us that Mary pondered in her heart all that had happened around the birth of Jesus. I think it will be neat to hear her relate the story when we get to heaven!