12 Days of Christmas
December 16, 2020

The commercialism of the season sometimes overpowers the true meaning of CHRISTmas, which is to celebrate the birth of Jesus and all he has done.  Isaiah 7:14 states, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Through him, humanity was given the greatest gift – an opportunity to receive “Soteria” – the Greek word for salvation.  It means deliverance,welfare, prosperity, preservation, safety, and eternal life through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Immanuel came to live with us to teach us how to live and give us abundant life.  What an amazing gift!

I would like to share an article that suggests that the Christmas carol “12 Days of Christmas” has a hidden message because Christians during that time could not openly worship.  As a result, someone wrote the song to have a secret spiritual meaning for the believers.  I believe it reflects the true spirit of the holiday because it is centered on God.

The first day of Christmas

My True Love, the Partridge in a Pear Tree is Jesus Christ.

The second day of Christmas –

Two turtle doves are the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The doves symbolize peace.

The third day of Christmas –

The three French Hens are Faith, Hope, and Love.

The fourth day of Christmas –

The four calling birds are the four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The fifth day of Christmas

The five golden rings describe the first five books of the Old Testament.

The sixth day of Christmas –

The six geese a-laying stood for the first six days of creation.

The seventh day of Christmas

The seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are Prophesy,

Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy (found in Romans 12:4-8)

The eighth day of Christmas –

  The eight maids a-milking are the eight Beatitudes.

The ninth day of Christmas –

Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.

The tenth day of Christmas –

The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.

The eleventh day of Christmas –

The eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful apostles.

The twelfth day of Christmas –

The twelve drummers drumming represent the twelve points of belief in The Apostles’ Creed.

(original source –  http://christmascarols.us/history/twelve_days_of_christmas.aspx)

PRAY THIS PRAYER:  Lord, I praise you as the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.  I will take time to meditate on your goodness.  You were born so I could be reborn.  It is a miracle!  I am amazed that through the word and work of the Holy Spirit I have been forgiven and made right with you, simply because I believe in you and have surrendered my life to your Lordship.  May I never forget that you, Jesus, are the reason for the season!  In your name I pray – Amen.”

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