“On the second day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me . . . two Turtledoves . . .”

Our two gifts for the second day in our song are the two Testaments that make up the Holy Scriptures: the Old Testament and the New Testament. What is it about these sections of the Bible that relates to Christ and Christmas? Simply put, the Old Testament points us to the Coming Christ, and the New tells us of the Christ who has come.

As in all of literature, when the Holy Spirit inspired the men who wrote the Bible to write the Bible, there was a central theme. In order to understand the Bible itself, we should find this central focus. Some might argue that there are sixty-six books–a library of books–that make up the Bible. There is also the understanding that a number of men (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) actually penned the words that became those books. Then again, collected together this library is a focused volume, and because they were all inspired by the One Holy Spirit, the writers while using their own personal styles, wrote with one focused attitude. The result was a book filled with a unified message which might be captured in what we Baptists like to call the “Gospel in a Nutshell”:

For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, HCSB)

If then, the Old Testament points us to the coming of Christ, and the New Testament teaches us about the coming of Christ, it stands to reason that the best thing for Christ’s followers to do today is live in such a way as to show Christ’s coming to the world as we watch and wait for His coming again!