On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, eleven pipers piping…
As we saw with the four calling birds on the fourth day of Christmas, the eleven pipers piping are here to glorify God and make some noise! We can picture the eleven pipers as the apostles who followed Jesus after the resurrection – minus, of course, one disciple, Judas the Betrayer:
Here are the names of the twelve apostles:
first, Simon (also called Peter),
then Andrew (Peter’s brother),
James (son of Zebedee),
John (James’s brother),
Matthew (the tax collector),
James (son of Alphaeus),
Simon (the zealot),
Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him)
(Matthew 10:2-4 NLT).
The eleven remaining disciples were sent out by Jesus to begin the Great Commission:
Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:16-20 NLT).