Epiphany: God Revealed to the World Through Jesus Christ

Epiphany: God Revealed to the World Through Jesus Christ
It might feel like the holiday season is behind us, but we’re not quite done with the Christmas season yet—today is Epiphany, a day set aside to commemorate God’s revelation to the world through the person of Jesus Christ. In the Western church, the Scripture account usually highlighted on Epiphany is the famous story of ...

Infographic: The People, Places, and Timeline of the First Christmas

Infographic: The People, Places, and Timeline of the First Christmas
Back by popular demand is our Christmas “subway map” Infographic that shows the who-where-and-when of the Nativity when Jesus was born in Bethlehem (click the image below to enlarge it in a new tab): (Also available: high-resolution image and PDF .) This visualization traces the Christmas story as told in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2 ...

It’s Christmas Day. Glory to God in the Highest!

It’s Christmas Day. Glory to God in the Highest!
Merry Christmas! Whether your 2016 was a blessed year for you or one that you’re looking forward to leaving in the past, we hope that today you’ll experience the boundless love of God. That love was made manifest on the first Christmas day, when Jesus Christ came to live among us, give up his life ...

The Other Miraculous Christmas Birth

The Other Miraculous Christmas Birth
While our focus at Christmastime is naturally on the birth of Jesus Christ, it might surprise you to learn that Jesus’ was not the only miraculous birth associated with Christmas! Jesus was preceded by John the Baptist, whose life and ministry would be defined by his role as a messenger announcing the promised Messiah. John’s ...

Video: Christmas with The Jesus Storybook Bible

Video: Christmas with The Jesus Storybook Bible
Christmas is a great time for adults to read to children about the birth of Jesus. For your Christmas enjoyment, below are two videos with British actor David Suchet reading about the Nativity from the award-winning Jesus Storybook Bible (Zonderkidz, 2007). [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The Jesus Storybook Bible Reaches Two Million Copies ...

The Mysterious Festival of Hanukkah

The Mysterious Festival of Hanukkah
This guest Bible Gateway Blog post about Hanukkah is by Michael Norten, author of Unlocking the Secrets of the Feasts: The Prophecies in the Feasts of Leviticus (Thomas Nelson, 2015). Hanukkah Is Intriguing Everyone has some awareness of the holiday called Hanukkah, because of its proximity to Christmas. You hear people say, “Merry Christmas and ...

Bible Verses That Tell the Christmas Story

Bible Verses That Tell the Christmas Story
Isaiah 7:14 (NIV) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Malachi 3:1-4 (KJV) Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his ...

Fear and Joy to the World – Guest Post by Philip Yancey

Fear and Joy to the World – Guest Post by Philip Yancey
A guest post by Philip Yancey. [See books by Philip Yancey in the Bible Gateway Store ] A friend of mine named Angela told me about a time when her faith was just awakening. Raised Catholic, she had a wistful interest in spirituality though scant knowledge of the Bible. As she started reading the Gospels ...

Reading Scripture in Public This Christmas? Here’s Why It’s Important (And How to Do it Well)

Reading Scripture in Public This Christmas? Here’s Why It’s Important (And How to Do it Well)
Will you be reading part of the Bible out loud in a public setting this Christmas season—perhaps narrating the Christmas story at your church or a family gathering? Pastors and worship leaders around the world will, of course, be reading Scripture out loud at worship services throughout the holiday season, as they do all year. ...

Inspiring Christmas Reading: The Best Holiday Devotions from Our Library

Inspiring Christmas Reading: The Best Holiday Devotions from Our Library
Over the past weeks, we’ve talked a lot about our Christmas devotionals —special seasonal devotionals focused entirely around the Advent season. It’s a bit of a Christmas tradition here at Bible Gateway to unroll a few high-quality Christmas-focused devotionals during Advent. Hopefully you’ve checked out one or two of them! But those aren’t the only ...