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The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Sermon shared by Danny Lusk

December 2009
Summary: Based on the Christian song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, sung by minister/singer Carroll Roberson, this message takes each of the twelve elements of the song and gives an inspiring look at God
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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In the 16th century, England proclaimed an official state church, and any other religious teaching was strictly forbidden other than the Church of England.

For over 300 years, the free expression of Christian living was not allowed. During this time, people fled England for a new life in America. These people in America we know as the Pilgrims, leaving the old world for a new one where they could worship God without interference from the government.

But the Christian parents who stayed in England during this time were looking for a new way to teach their children the basic doctrines of the Bible and still not come under suspicion of the government.

The popular song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is usually seen as simply a nonsense song for children. However, some have suggested that it is a song of Christian instruction dating to the 16th century religious wars in England, with hidden references to the basic teachings of the Faith. They contend that it was a mnemonic device to teach the catechism to youngsters. Christians had used symbols before: The Fish, The Cross, even the Greek letter “X” was used.

Contrary to much popular belief, the “Twelve Days of Christmas” are not the twelve days before Christmas, but are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th). Epiphany is usually celebrated as the time the Wise Men or Magi arrived to present gifts to the young Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12). Traditionally there were three Magi, probably from the fact of three gifts, even though the biblical narrative never says how many Magi came. In some cultures, January 6th is observed as Three Kings Day.

I believe that the secular song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does have something to do with describing items of the Faith, but this is not another message on that popular song. It is about a song written some ten years ago by a singer/evangelist named Carroll Roberson. He used that popular tune and put words to it describing twelve of the many gifts of God.

1 - Salvation Full And Free
Jesus said in John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

In our Pastor’s sermon last week he asked the question “What will it take for the world at large to accept Jesus Christ as Savior?” What indeed will it take? I’ve read you statistics by Christian poling agencies before where they state that a high percentage of unbelievers believe there is a God.

God also did a poll and here is what He says, found in Psalms 14:1: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”

But God, of His own free will, chose to redeem sinful man by an unspeakable act of love and at no charge. Paul says in Romans 5:6-8 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
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