Daily Advent readings 2021
Join us during Advent 2021 for daily readings celebrating our hope in Christ.
Around this time of year, we often see people putting up their advent wreath, advent calendar and even advent candles.
But apart from looking nice and pretty, what exactly are these traditions about? And why do we celebrate advent?
A simple definition of advent
The meaning of the word Advent is 'arrival'. We celebrate advent in the period leading up to Christmas as a chance to reflect on the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah.
Advent provides time to reflect on the years of patient waiting Israel endured before Jesus came to earth, and to remember that we are still waiting for his second coming.
Advent readings for 2021 from The Advent Project
Looking for something different in your advent readings this year?
Our friends at The Advent Project have created an Advent bible reading plan that draws from both Old and New Testaments, and is aimed to help you remember the promises God has made to come to his people.
Desiring God Advent Bible Reading 2021
Over at Desiring God, you can download a short book of Advent devotionals by John Piper, or work your way through the Bible verses below each day!
December 1: Prepare the Way (Luke 1:16–17)
December 2: Mary’s Magnificent God (Luke 1:46–55)
December 3: The Long-Awaited Visitation (Luke 1:68–71)
December 4: For God’s Little People (Luke 2:1–5)
December 5: No Detour from Calvary (Luke 2:6–7)
December 6: Peace to Those with Whom He’s Pleased (Luke 2:12–14)
December 7: Messiah for the Magi (Matthew 2:1–2)
December 8: Bethlehem’s Supernatural Star (Matthew 2:2)
December 9: Two Kinds of Opposition to Jesus (Matthew 2:3)
December 10: Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh (Matthew 2:10–11)
December 11: Why Jesus Came (Hebrews 2:14–15)
December 12: Replacing the Shadows (Hebrews 8:1–2)
December 13: The Final Reality Is Here (Hebrews 8:1–2)
December 14: Making It Real for His People (Hebrews 8:6)
December 15: Life and Death at Christmas (John 10:10)
December 16: God’s Most Successful Setback (John 17:18)
December 17: The Greatest Salvation Imaginable (Jeremiah 31:31)
December 18: The Christmas Model for Missions (John 17:18)
December 19: Christmas Is for Freedom (Hebrews 2:14–15)
December 21: The Birth of the Ancient of Days (John 18:37)
December 22: That You May Believe (John 20:30–31)
December 23: God’s Indescribable Gift (Romans 5:10–11)
December 24: The Son of God Appeared (1 John 3:7–8)
December 25: Three Christmas Presents (1 John 3:7–8)
Alternative Scriptures for Advent Reading 2021
If you're looking for something a little different, why not try this collection of daily advent readings instead as you focus on the arrival of Jesus...
First Week of Advent
Sunday Romans 13:11-14
Monday 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Tuesday Mark 13:33-37
Wednesday John 1:1-5
Thursday John 1:6-9
Friday Jeremiah 33:14-16
Saturday Isaiah 6
Second Week of Advent
Sunday Romans 15:4-13
Monday Psalms 43:3-6
Tuesday Psalms 27:1-4
Wednesday Psalms 119:105-106
Thursday John 12:35-36
Friday Ephesians 5:6-14
Saturday 1 Peter 2:5-9
Third Week of Advent
Sunday Isaiah 60:1-3
Monday 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Tuesday 1 John 1:4-7
Wednesday John 3:16-21
Thursday Isaiah 40:1-11
Friday John 9:1-7
Saturday Luke 3:1-6
Fourth Week of Advent
Sunday Isaiah 11:1-10
Monday Zephaniah 3:14-17
Tuesday Matthew 1:18-25
Wednesday Luke 2:8-20
Thursday Matthew 4:14-16
Friday Isaiah 2:1-5
Saturday Luke 2:25-33