By: Tim Sader
On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding fruit every month. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:2)
Last week we talked about being the head and not the tail in this life as we learn to rule and reign in Christ Jesus. If we will strive to follow Him as our leader He will lead us on the path to the top and we will win in this life. With the Christmas season upon us I have been thinking about what to say to readers this year. In years past I have maybe been a bit of a scrooge condemning the greed and busyness of this season and how it seems like we are forgetting the real meaning of it in our culture. This year I have been looking into the history behind some of our Christmas traditions. Some could be considered to originate from places that shouldn’t be part of the Christian holiday. Personally I think it’s a matter of the spirit we have behind these traditions. If we are feeding the Christmas beast and leaving out baby Jesus that is the wrong spirit but if we make it a celebration of Him how can that be seen as wrong. When I was reading I saw the history behind many Christmas carols and some of them were very interesting. I was most thrilled to know the meaning behind The Twelve Days of Christmas. Growing up I thought it was some dumb song about birds that hung around for Christmas in a pear tree. Celebrating the 12 days of Christmas is a tradition almost 2,000 years old. The 12 day/night observances begin December 25, Christmas Day, and culminate on January 5th, the day of Epiphany. The words of The Twelve Days of Christmas appear to be nonsensical. They do however, have significant meaning (www.sharefaith.com). I will never again think of this song the same way or listen to people make fun of it with vulgar lyrics that mean nothing good.
The partridge in a pear tree refers to Jesus Christ on the cross. The two turtle doves refer to the Old and New Testaments, three French hens stand for faith, hope and love. The four calling birds are the four gospels, five gold rings represent the first five books of the Old Testament. The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation; seven swans a-swimming for the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: prophecy, serving, exhortation, teaching, contribution, leadership and mercy. Eight maids a-milking are the eight beatitudes, nine ladies dancing are the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The ten lords’ a-leaping stand for the Ten Commandments and eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful disciples. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of belief in the Apostle’s Creed (www.sharefaith.com). Christmas is about Jesus He is a tree of life to all who find Him because the fruit He produces is food for the spirit and it never runs out. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Jesus was with God in the Beginning. All things were made by Him and without Him none of it would be made (John 1:1-3). Sending Jesus took place to fulfill what was said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” which means “God with us” (Matthew 1:22-23). When the Magi saw the child with his mother Mary, they bowed down and worshiped him (Matthew 2:11). He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, He will reign forever; His kingdom will never end (Luke 1:32-33). Sometimes at “Christ”mas Jesus seems hidden from our view but if we will look a little deeper into our traditions maybe we will see He is still there. The Twelve Days of Christmas is about remembering Jesus through the truth in His book that is written to us.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16