An Advent Bible Reading Plan To Prepare For Christmas

When we think of getting ready for Christmas, it includes buying presents, getting a tree and decorating it, making cookies, and endless get-togethers.

The busyness of the Christmas season can make our heads spin, causing us to forget what is important. 

In the town of Bethlehem, no one was prepared for the Messiah to be born. Sadly, many people today are not ready for the Messiah to be part of this rich holiday season. Many don’t even know the Christmas story.

That is why an advent reading plan is so helpful. It prepares not only our minds but also our hearts for this special season. 

This free advent Bible reading plan is straight from God’s word with daily readings to help you think about the birth of Jesus and why He took on human flesh.

It will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas starting on December 1st and culminating on Christmas Day. It is a great way to celebrate Jesus’ birth in the midst of traditions. 

What is advent?

The word “advent” means “arrival”. It could be of a person, thing, or event. (1)

​A broader definition explains not only what the season of advent is, but its meaning:

“Advent is a season observed in most  Christian denominations as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Christ at Christmas and the return of Christ at the Second Coming.” (2).

What to read in the Bible during Advent

Our free Advent Bible Reading Plan covers the following daily Advent readings:

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Week 1 Advent Bible Reading Plan
  • December 1: Isaiah 7:14 
  • December 2: Micah 5:2 
  • December 3: Isaiah 9:6-7 
  • December 4: Jeremiah 23:5-6 
  • December 5: Numbers 24:17 
  • December 6: Isaiah 11:1-2 
  • December 7: Malachi 3:1 
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Week 2 Advent Bible Reading Plan
  1. December 8: Matthew 1:18-21 
  2. December 9: Luke 1:26-38
  3. December 10: Matthew 1:22-25 
  4. December 11: Luke 2:1-7 
  5. December 12: Luke 2:8-14 
  6. December 13: Luke 2:15-20 
  7. December 14: Matthew 2:1-2
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Week 3 Advent Bible Reading Plan
  1. December 15: John 1:1-5 
  2. December 16: John 1:9-14
  3. December 17: John 3:16-17 
  4. December 18: Ephesians 2:8-9 
  5. December 19: Titus 3:4-7 
  6. December 20: Romans 5:1-2 
  7. December 21: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 
Week 4 of the Advent Bible Reading Plan
Week 4 Advent Bible Reading Plan
  1. December 22: Acts 1:9-11 
  2. December 23: Revelation 1:7-8 
  3. December 24: Revelation 22:12-13 
  1. December 25: Luke 2:1-20 – The full narrative of Jesus’ birth to celebrate the culmination of Advent.

You can download a free copy of the Advent Bible Reading Plan.
It is a 5-page PDF that includes lessons learned, practical applications, and a notes page. Here is the link.

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From Prophecy to Promise- The Advent Bible Reading Plan Explained

The entire Bible points us to Jesus. Each week of the Advent season and Advent calendar focus on a different aspect of the story of Jesus. It begins in the Old Testament and progresses through the New Testament. 

As we start, let’s immerse ourselves in the prophecies that foretold the coming of Jesus. Imagine the anticipation of God’s people, waiting for the promised Savior.

Isaiah 7:14 tells of a virgin who will bear a son named Immanuel, meaning “God with us.” This is a powerful reminder that God had a plan from the very beginning. He saw our need and promised to send a Savior.

Micah 5:2 speaks of Bethlehem, a small town chosen to host the birth of the ruler of Israel. God often uses the humble and unexpected to accomplish His greatest works.

As we reflect on these prophecies, let’s remember that God is faithful to His promises. Even when the wait seems long, He is always working behind the scenes.

Moving into the second week, we shift from anticipation to fulfillment. The story of Jesus’ birth in Matthew 1:18-21 and Luke 2:1-7 is familiar, yet always profound.

Mary, a young girl with simple faith, and Joseph, a man of integrity, were chosen to parent the Son of God. This part of the story reminds us that God often chooses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

The humble setting of Jesus’ birth, a manger because there was no room in the inn, speaks volumes about God’s love for us. He didn’t come in grandeur but in humility.

The shepherds, the first to hear the news from the angels, represent us all. God’s message of salvation is for everyone, from the lowliest to the greatest.

In the third week, we explore the heart of why Jesus came: to bring salvation. John 3:16-17 captures it beautifully:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” NIV

Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection are the greatest expressions of God’s love.

Ephesians 2:8-9 reminds us that salvation is a gift, not something we can earn. It’s by grace, through faith. During this Advent season, let’s reflect on the magnitude of this gift.

Are there areas in our lives where we are striving instead of resting in His grace? Let’s lay those burdens down and embrace the peace and joy that come from knowing we are saved by grace.

As we approach Christmas Day, our focus shifts to the future. The same Jesus who came as a baby in Bethlehem will return as the King of Kings.

Acts 1:9-11 and Revelation 1:7-8 remind us that His second coming is a promise. We live in the “now and not yet”—experiencing the joy of salvation now and anticipating the fullness of God’s kingdom in the future.

This Advent, let’s live with hope and expectancy. Revelation 22:12-13 encourages us to look forward with confidence:

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” NIV

On Christmas Day, we come full circle, reading the Gospel of Luke, Chapter  2:1-20 again with fresh eyes and hearts full of gratitude. The Savior is born! The prophecies are fulfilled, salvation is offered, and we have the promise of His return.

This is the ultimate joy we celebrate and have the great privilege of celebrating during the month of December. May this Advent season draw you closer to Jesus.

Advent reflections

Photo of a woman reflecting on an Advent Bible Reading Plan
Reflecting on the Advent Bible Reading Plan

The daily Bible readings are not just intended to take up more space in the busyness of the season. The word of God was given to change us. That means we think about what we have read and how it is more than a story from long ago.

Reflective questions help us find more than a tradition in the pages of Scripture. 

  1. How does reading these prophecies about Jesus’ birth make you feel about God’s plan for humanity?
  2. What does the name  Immanuel, “God with us,” mean to you personally in your current life circumstances?
  3. How does the fulfillment of these ancient prophecies strengthen your faith in God’s promises?
  1. How do you feel when you think about the humble circumstances of Jesus’ birth and His giving up his power to be in human form as a baby?
  2. What aspects of Mary and Joseph’s faith and obedience resonate with you the most?
  3. How does the story of the birth of Christ change your perspective on what it means to be significant in God’s eyes?
  1. Of all the beautiful gifts God gives us, how does knowing that salvation is a gift of grace affect how you see yourself and others?
  2. What emotions do you experience when you reflect on the magnitude of God’s love as expressed in John 3:16-17?
  3. How has the gift of salvation changed your life and your relationship with God and others?
  1. How do you feel when you think about Jesus’ promise to return? How does it explain the Biblical meaning of hope?
  2. What hopes and expectations do you have for Christ’s second coming?
  3. How does the promise of Jesus’ return influence your daily life and decisions?

You might also like to read, “His name shall be called” (Most parents don’t appreciate being told what to name their children. Yet that was the case when Jesus was born, “His name shall be called, ” said the angel.)

References

  1. Oxford Languages
  2. Wikipedia 

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