On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, six geese a’laying…
These six geese and their eggs can be understood to represent the six days of creation, the six days of the week that God has ordained for work, and the six thousand years of God’s redemption timeline, from the fall of man until the return of Christ to reign for one thousand years in his millennial kingdom.
On the sixth day of creation, God created man, and all the creatures that move upon the earth:
Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day (Genesis 1:24-31 ESV).
Did you know that Jesus hung on the cross for six hours? Mark 15:25 says, “And it was the third hour when they crucified him” (ESV); the third hour is nine am. Matthew 27:45 tells us that “…from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour” (ESV), and 27:50 that “…Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit” (ESV). The sixth hour is noon, and the ninth hour is three pm. Jesus was crucified at nine am and released his Spirit at three pm, for a total of six hours on the cross.
We know that God is very specific and precise concerning time, number and prophecy. So why did Jesus suffer on the cross for exactly six hours? Jesus, present at the creation, suffered and died on the cross not only to redeem all who believe in him, but also to redeem creation itself from the effects of the fall, and to redeem the entire six-thousand-year period of humankind’s sojourn on earth before the Second Coming of Christ to claim his kingdom.
For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us (Romans 8:19-23 NLT).