Tuesday, December 16, 2008

On The Twelfth Day Of Christmas...

This is it, folks! This is the one we have been looking for, the twelfth day of Christmas. Ont his day we receive twelve drummers drumming. OK, you say, there can't be a possible biblical connection with this one. Let's see.

Just as a drummer beats out a loud, steady rhythm for marchers to follow, so does the Apostle's Creed set forth the beliefs of anyone who calls himself/herself a Christian. Have you ever gone to a parade, and watched the marching bands go by? Listen, without the drum corps, they would get lost in a tangle of feet and batons.

These twelve drummers represent the twelve vital Christian beliefs that are stated in the Apostle's Creed. It is not an oath to be sworn, or a covenant agreement, simply a statement of faith.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy christian church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

Now for the finale. At the beginning of each verse of this popular Christmas song is the phrase, my true love gave to me. I left this out for a good reason, and it is simple, really. To answer this, I am going to refer to the bible, the final authority. Let's look a 1 John 4:19.

1Jo 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us. Do you see it? Each of the gifts described in this series, is a gift from our Father, with the exception of the twelfth. They are gifts from Him who loves us first, our one, true love.

I can't force a thing on anyone, but I can make a plea. Jesus Christ took the pain and penalty for all people (John 3:16), the pain and penalty we are supposed to suffer. This is the true gift from your true love. He desires a relationship with you and it is very simple. In fact, our faith is as simple as it gets, all you have to do is relinquish control and acknowledge your failure to keep His law (sinner), He will forgive you and you will inherit everlasting life with Him. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. If you haven't done this in your life, I ask you, as a man who cares about your future, to do it today.

Thanks for following this series. I had a ball doing it! You must know, that I paraphrased these little posts from a book entitled, The Real Twelve Days Of Christmas. Our children enjoy this book very much every year we read it. You can find this book for sale at Amazon.com, and I have made that easier for you, just click the link found at the right and it will take you right to it. Yes, I do get a small commission, but we have to eat, you know? Thanks for coming and, please, do come back.

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