The 12 Days of Christmas Day 3
Three French Hens
And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three French hens. Why three French Hens? These are hens fit for a kings table. The wise men gave gold, frankincense and myrrh but this gift is given to me by my true love. There are three valuable gifts that Jesus gives to us that allow us to walk and talk in the kingdom of heaven. Those three gifts are mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:13
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.
These gifts cost him everything but bring us everything he has for us. Faith, hope and love. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit work in and through my life as I live from faith, hope and love. This life of heaven is lived from faith, with hope, in love. This life is an inside job that works from the inside out. Our faith determines our hope and our hope determines our love.
We come to know Jesus when we are exposed to his love and his love then develops our hope and that hope then inspires our faith. We make Jesus known in our lives when we live by faith in our hope because of His love.
Christmas is about the greatest gift of love coming to us from heaven as told in the Old & New Testaments so that we could live in this covenant friendship with God from faith, with hope in love. Three French hens, don’t let anyone take those gifts from you and don’t sell them at your next garage sale.