04 January 2009

Eleventh Day of Christmas


11. On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me a washcloth:

This cloth has God’s Word embroidered on it. Husbands, love your wives, just a Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word (Ephesians 5:25-26).

By Tom Neven

And from Something Sublime:

The eleven pipers represent the 11 faithful apostles of the New Testament. Matthew, chapter 10lists them as follows: Simon (called Peter); his brother Andrew; James, son of Zebedee; and his brother John; Philip; Bartholomew; Thomas; Matthew, the tax collector; James, son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus; and Simon, the Zealot. The twelfth apostle was Judas Iscariot who betrayed Christ.

The word apostle means messenger. These messengers were sent forth, by Jesus, to heal the sick and proclaim His kingdom, in other words; spread the word that Christ is the Messiah. Jesus gave them specific instructions before sending them on their journey. One of the things He told them was this: "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven" Mt. 10:32-33. Also, verse 40; "He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me." The disciples were responsible to spread the Word but each of us, in our own hearts, are responsible for whether we accept it or not!

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