The 12 Days of Christmas Day 4
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, four calling birds… So, what is a calling bird and why are there four? There have been several explanations of a calling bird, from a canary to a mocking bird to a black bird. It’s generally agreed that we’re talking about a black bird here. But why are there four? There are four calling birds because there are four gospels in the Scripture that tell us about the life and times of Jesus.
The primary focus of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John are to reveal the incarnation of Jesus and his interpretation of life to the world. Jesus was the God-man, God come in the flesh, to bring God’s love, life and light into this world. If you want to begin to understand faith, hope, and love and you want to live in this covenant relationship with the One who truly loves you, begin reading the gospels. Find out who Jesus is and was and how He lived His life during His time on the earth.
Black birds are always making noise. The gospels continue to shout out the good news about Jesus and the good news in Jesus. It would be worth your while to take time just to read the gospels over and over this next year. It’s the great good news of how God came Himself for us in the flesh to bring heaven on earth for all who would believe and follow Jesus.