If asked to summarize the Christmas story, we could probably do so and it would sound something like the stories that Matthew and Luke tell. Yet, today's reading in Revelation 12 gives us the story of Christmas from the perspective of heaven. A story that is just as critical to understanding Christmas and one we often ignore. As we prepare for Christmas, this is a helpful passage for us to meditate upon.
The focus of the chapter is initially on a woman (Israel; see Genesis 37:9) who, as she is about to give birth, is chased by "an enormous red dragon." Envision for a moment how lopsided this battle is. Imagine the betting odds on duel between a largely immobile, pregnant woman and a massive powerful dragon. The odds are completely stacked against the woman and her child, yet God's intervention means that nothing can stand against her.
God's intervention leads to the child (Jesus), the woman and her offspring (Christians; see v.17) being saved. Yet, despite the certainty of victory, the dragon (Satan) continues his work of seeking to destroy God's people. Satan is never satisfied but is continually seeking to thwart God's work and God's church.
The cosmic Christmas story continues to play out in our lives today. Satan is coming after us, but we can depend on the power of God to overcome. For, no matter the turmoil, trouble, or temptation, we can rely on the greatness of God's power for us today.
Question of the day: How does Revelation 12 help to expand your view of Christmas?
Father God, thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus. Thank you that he has overcome Satan, sin, and death and through him I can find forgiveness, salvation, and life. Help me to rely on your strength to help me to live victorious over Satan and sin today. Amen.