Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Scriptures for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

Tomorrow is the day of Epiphany, January 6. For the western church, this is the close of the twelve days of Christmas and the beginning of the Epiphany season of light and enlightening. In the eastern church, this date is celebrated as Christmas itself.

During Christmastide, I have personally compiled a list of scriptures for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. It is by no means complete but I hope to use it in future years during these holy days. I share it with you here in hopes that it deepens your spirit during the season Epiphany.

The Savior Foretold
Jeremiah 23:5-6 - Righteous Branch
Isaiah 9:2-7 - A Child is Born to Us
Isaiah 11:1-5 - Righteous Judge
Isaiah 42:1-4 - Behold My Chosen One
Zechariah 9:9-10 - Your King is Coming
Isaiah 7:10-14 - Virgin With Child
Micah 4:1-7, 5:1-5 - Peaceful Ruler from Bethlehem

His Birth Anticipated
Luke 1:5-25 - Announcement to Zechariah
Luke 1:26-38 - Announcement to Mary
Luke 1:39-56 - Songs of Mary and Elizabeth
Luke 1:57-80 - Zechariah's Song

A Savior is Born
Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-7 - Birth
Luke 2:8-20 - Shepherds and Angels
Luke 2:21-38 - Presentation in the Temple
Matthew 2:1-12 - Visit of the Magi

Salvation Unfolds
Isaiah 60:1-6 - Arise and shine, light has come
John 1:1-14 - Spirituality of Incarnation
Colossians 1:15-23 - Preeminence and Redemption of Christ
Mark 1:1-11, John 1:15-37 - John the Baptist and Jesus
Revelation 5:1-14 - Worthy is the Lamb
Revelation 21-1-7 - New Heaven and New Earth