I don't know what your family traditions are, but I would hope that the reading of the Bible is included for Christmas today. If it's not, make 2019 the year to start a new tradition!
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32)
The Bible verse above doesn't immediately come to mind as a Christmas Bible verse, but it is one that should be included in every holiday. But for now, take a moment and let the words sink in.
Why should you read this Bible verse to your family on Christmas? Because Romans 8 should be what the Christmas story is all about, by defining the result of the birth of Jesus.
What was the result of Jesus' birth? In a word, What was it?
Jesus deserved to be loved and would be eternally loved by God.
Jesus deserved to be loved, but Jesus was rejected so that we would be eternally loved by God.
Jesus subjected Himself so that we will know the faithful and unfailing love of God.
Jesus experienced separation from God so that nothing could ever separate us from God.
This Christmas, remind yourself that hope is only found in how much you have been loved by Jesus. It will be tempting to look for hope in the gifts that you receive or in the gifts that you give or in the people that you celebrate Christmas with, but those gifts will get old, your generosity will wrestle with your selfishness, and the people who say they love you will find a way to disappoint you once again.
The only hope that we have this Christmas is in the love that God has for you. Husbands, you won't love your wife like you're supposed to. Wives, you won't love your husband's like you're supposed to. Brothers, you won't love your siblings like you're supposed to. Parents, you won't love your kids like you're supposed to. Kids, you won't love your parents like you're supposed to. But God will always love you perfectly.
Christmas Day is a celebration of how much God loves us. Don't miss out on an opportunity to share that Good News. Remind yourself and your family to fix your eyes on Jesus and celebrate that there's eternal, life-changing hope for you!