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THE REAL TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS © by Ross Cochrane

MARCELLE: Let’s all sing the Twelve Days of Christmas for the Christmas service.

ROSS: I’ve been looking at The Twelve Days of Christmas song and it doesn’t really relate very well to the Christmas story except with the idea of giving gifts. And it didn’t happen over 12 days.

LYN: I’ve got an idea. Why don’t we change the words to fit in with the Christmas story. Let’s keep the same rhythm and rhyme but change the words. The 12 days can represent 12 important aspects of Christmas.

For example Instead of On the first day of Christmas my true-love sent to me, we could start our version by singing about God’s true love for me given to us at Christmas time.

On the first day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me

Not a partridge in a pear tree, but …

A HEART RICH IN CARE FOR ME

After all John 3:16 says, “For this is how GOD LOVED THE WORLD: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”

1 John 4:8 says, “He who does not love does not know God, for GOD IS LOVE.”

ROSS: OK let’s sing. You start.

LYN: On the first day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me

A HEART RICH IN CARE FOR ME

ROSS: On the second day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me

Two turtle doves, … White Doves represent peace I suppose, but Turtle Doves are not white. Not Two Turtle doves,… but what about…

TRUTH FROM ABOVE

The Truth about Jesus is important at Christmas. John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and TRUTH.” So TRUTH FROM ABOVE.

MARCELLE:Yes, and Jesus said “I am the way, THE TRUTH and the life”

ROSS: OK, So On the second day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me

TRUTH FROM ABOVE

LYN: And A HEART RICH IN CARE FOR ME

MARCELLE: On the third day of Christmas God’s true love sent to me

Three French hens. No not Three French Hens. Mary and Joseph did have some foreign visitors however. Not 3 French Hens but what about…

3 WISE MEN

There were at least 3. Matthew 2:1 says, “Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some WISE MEN from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw His star as it rose, and we have come to worship Him.”

King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:

‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’”

7 Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship Him, too!”

9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.

So On the third day of Christmas God’s true love sent to me

3 WISE MEN

ROSS: TRUTH FROM ABOVE

LYN: And A HEART RICH IN CARE FOR ME

On the 4th Day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me…

4 calling birds, No. Not 4 CALLING BIRDS. What about…

MORE RESTORING WORDS

I know that Zechariah’s Prophecy at the birth of Christ in Luke 1:68 says, “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,     because He has visited and redeemed His people. Jesus brings spiritual restoration to people’s lives.

ROSS: He even brought physical restoration. Do you remember how Jesus RESTORED THE SIGHT TO THE BLIND and healed the sick.

LYN: Yes, and I think most importantly,Jesus came to restore our broken relationship with God.

Romans 5:10 says FOR SINCE OUR FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD WAS RESTORED by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son.

So On the 4th Day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me…

MORE RESTORING WORDS

MARCELLE: 3 WISE MEN

ROSS: TRUTH FROM ABOVE

LYN: And A HEART RICH IN CARE FOR ME

ROSS: On the 5th Day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me…

5 gold rings. I suppose one of the gifts from the wise men was Gold but not five gold rings. What about…

5 FORETOLD THINGS

I know that when the Angel appeared to Mary he foretold 5 very specific things about Jesus. He said,

  1. You will conceive and give birth to a son
  2. You will name Him Jesus
  3. He will be very great
  4. He will be called the Son of the Most High
  5. The Lord will give Him the throne of His ancestor David and …His kingdom will never end.

MARCELLE: Yes. Zechariah recognised that Jesus birth had been foretold. He saidGod … has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of His servant David,  just as He promised through His holy prophets long ago….

There are so many prophecies about the coming of Christ in the Bible. Micah 5:2 foretold that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem and would be a great king“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village in Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.” Micah lived in the 8th century BC so how could he know?

LYN:Yes and Isaiah 7:14 foretold that Jesus would be conceived by a virgin. He says – “…the Lord Himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call Him Immanuel – ‘God is with us.’”

ROSS: So many prophets foretold the birth of Christ. Isaiah 9:6-7 also foretold things about Jesus. It says,

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on His shoulders. These will be His royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of His ancestor David. The passionate commitment of the Lord Almighty will guarantee this!”

The prophet Isaiah lived in Jerusalem in the eighth century B.C. so how could he have known, except that God told him.

So On the 5th Day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me…

5 FORETOLD THINGS

LYN: MORE RESTORING WORDS

MARCELLE: 3 WISE MEN

ROSS: TRUTH FROM ABOVE

LYN: And A HEART RICH IN CARE FOR ME

MARCELLE: On the 6th Day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me…

6 geese a-laying, No. There were no geese in the stable laying eggs. Can you imagine the noise. No there was quiet on that Holy night. Not 6 GEESE A LAYING. What about ….

HIS PEACE DISPLAYING

In Luke 1:78, Zechariah says, “Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, 79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and TO GUIDE US TO THE PATH OF PEACE.”

ROSS: Yes HIS PEACE DISPLAYING In Luke 2:14 the angels from Heaven say, “Glory to God in highest heaven, AND PEACE ON EARTH to those with whom God is pleased.”

LYN: And Jesus is called the PRINCE OF PEACE

MARCELLE: So, On the 6th Day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me…

HIS PEACE DISPLAYING

ROSS: 5 FORETOLD THINGS

LYN: MORE RESTORING WORDS

MARCELLE: 3 WISE MEN

ROSS: TRUTH FROM ABOVE

LYN: And A HEART RICH IN CARE FOR ME

On the seventh day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me

7 swans a-swimming No. There were no swans in the stable swimming in the water trough. Not 7 SWANS A-SWIMMING. What about….

HEAVENS SONGS A-SINGING

There was a lot of praise happening on that night out in the fields. In Luke 2:8 it says, That night, just after the birth of Christ, there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize Him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

13 SUDDENLY, THE ANGEL WAS JOINED BY A VAST HOST OF OTHERS—THE ARMIES OF HEAVEN—PRAISING GOD AND SAYING,

14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” HEAVENS SONGS A-SINGING!

So On the seventh day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me

HEAVENS SONGS A SINGING

MARCELLE: HIS PEACE DISPLAYING

ROSS: 5 FORETOLD THINGS

LYN: MORE RESTORING WORDS

MARCELLE: 3 WISE MEN

ROSS: TRUTH FROM ABOVE

LYN: And A HEART RICH IN CARE FOR ME

ROSS: On the 8th day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me

8 maids a-milking…There were probably Cows in the Stable but Not 8 maids milking them. MAID rymes with PAID. What about…

GRACE PAID MY RANSOM

Mark 10:45  (NLT) says, “For even the Son of Man (JESUS) came not to be served but to serve others and to GIVE HIS LIFE AS A RANSOM FOR MANY.” Spiritually speaking I was a hostage in the slave market of sin but Jesus paid the ransom price. His sacrifice was the key.

So On the 8th day of Christmas God’s true love HELD THE KEY, and

GRACE PAID MY RANSOM

LYN: HEAVENS SONGS A-SINGING

MARCELLE: HIS PEACE DISPLAYING

ROSS: 5 FORETOLD THINGS

LYN: MORE RESTORING WORDS

MARCELLE: 3 WISE MEN

ROSS: TRUTH FROM ABOVE

LYN: And A HEART RICH IN CARE FOR ME

MARCELLE: On the 9th Day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me

9 ladies dancing No, no. There was only ONE Lady in the stable and that was Mary. Not Nine Ladies Dancing. What rhymes with Nine. I know. What about

DIVINE BABY LYING

Jesus was found lying in a manger.

Luke 2:15 says, “When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. AND THERE WAS THE BABY, LYING IN THE MANGER.”

DIVINE BABY, LYING IN A MANGER.

17 After seeing Him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

So On the 9th Day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me

DIVINE BABY LYING

ROSS: GRACE PAID MY RANSOM

LYN: HEAVENS SONGS A SINGING

MARCELLE: HIS PEACE DISPLAYING

ROSS: 5 FORETOLD THINGS

LYN: MORE RESTORING WORDS

MARCELLE: 3 WISE MEN

ROSS: TRUTH FROM ABOVE

LYN: And A HEART RICH IN CARE FOR ME

On the 10th Day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me…

10 lords a-leaping. No, not 10 LORDS. There was only ONE LORD in the stable and that was Jesus. LORDS. What does that Ryme with? WHAT ABOUT CORDS.

SIN’S CORDS ARE SEVERED

Matthew 1:20 says, “an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for HE WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.”

SIN’S CORDS ARE SEVERED!

So On the 10th Day of Christmas God’s true love SET ME FREE…

SIN’S CORDS ARE SEVERED

MARCELLE: DIVINE BABY LYING

ROSS: GRACE PAID MY RANSOM

LYN: HEAVENS SONGS A SINGING

MARCELLE: HIS PEACE DISPLAYING

ROSS: 5 FORETOLD THINGS

LYN: MORE RESTORING WORDS

MARCELLE: 3 WISE MEN

ROSS: TRUTH FROM ABOVE

LYN: And A HEART RICH IN CARE FOR ME

ROSS: On the 11th Day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me

Not 11 pipers piping, There aren’t any Pipes in the story about Christ. No PIPES. But PIPES rhymes with STRIPES. What about  ….

HIS STRIPES FOR HEALING

You see, Jesus came into the world to save us from our sin and one day that would mean that He would die on a Cross.

Isaiah prophecied a long time before Jesus was even born

In Isaiah 53:3-6  (NIV) he spoke about Jesus. He said “He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him,
AND BY HIS STRIPES (OR WOUNDS) WE ARE HEALED.

HIS STRIPES FOR HEALING.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has LAID ON HIM THE INIQUITY OF US ALL.”

JESUS CAME INTO THE WORLD TO DIE FOR OUR SINS. When we believe in Him, we are healed spiritually, forgiven and restored. HIS STRIPES FOR OUR HEALING.

So On the 11th Day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me

HIS STRIPES FOR HEALING

LYN: SIN’S CORDS ARE SEVERED

MARCELLE: DIVINE BABY LYING

ROSS: GRACE PAID MY RANSOM

LYN: HEAVENS SONGS A SINGING

MARCELLE: HIS PEACE DISPLAYING

ROSS: 5 FORETOLD THINGS

LYN: MORE RESTORING WORDS

MARCELLE: 3 WISE MEN

ROSS: TRUTH FROM ABOVE

LYN: And A HEART RICH IN CARE FOR ME

MARCELLE: On the Twelfth day of Christmas God’s true love gave to me

12 drummers drumming. No, the stable was a quiet and humble place. There was no great drumroll to announce Jesus birth. Not even a drummer boy. No, not DRUM. What about AMONG. ….

HE WHO DWELLS AMONG US

It says in John 1:1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
So Jesus is called The Word.

10 He came into the very world He created, but the world didn’t recognize Him. 11 He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him. 12 But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

14 SO THE WORD BECAME HUMAN AND DWELLED AMONG US OR MADE HIS HOME AMONG US.

HE DWELLS AMONG US

He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

 17 … God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But (Jesus), the unique One, who is Himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.”

ROSS: Jesus is also called Emmanuel which literally means God with us.

MARCELLE: So, I think we’ve done it. Come on, let’s all sing the REAL 12 Days of Christmas ….

On the Twelfth day of Christmas God’s true love CAME to me.

HE DWELLS AMONG US

ROSS: HIS STRIPES FOR HEALING

LYN: SIN’S CORDS ARE SEVERED

MARCELLE: DIVINE BABY LYING

ROSS: GRACE PAID MY RANSOM

LYN: HEAVENS SONGS A SINGING

MARCELLE: HIS PEACE DISPLAYING

ROSS: 5 FORETOLD THINGS

LYN: MORE RESTORING WORDS

MARCELLE: 3 WISE MEN

ROSS: TRUTH FROM ABOVE

TOGETHER: And… A… HEART… RICH… IN… CARE… FOR… ME

ROSS: The message of Christmas is that God loves you. He loved you so much, He became flesh and dwelled among us, totally human and yet totally God. He came to pay the price for your sin and mine. You and I are healed spiritually when we place our trust in Christ and come under His authority for our lives. Heaven celebrated the possibility of humanity experiencing inward peace with God. Wise men still seek Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the life.

Do you know Jesus? Personally? Do you know that you can have peace with God by giving your life to Him this Christmas?

If you would like to receive Christ right now, pray and ask Him to be a part of your life, maybe a prayer like this one…

Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for loving me enough to come to save me from my sins. Thankyou for paying the ransom price by dying for me on the Cross. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thankyou for the inward peace you provide as I trust in You. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen