Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Battle between Good and Evil, and Christmas

Christmas is a memorial of a Huge Event in the cosmic battle.

One fighter in this battle is The Good God who created the Universe, chose Abraham and the Jewish people to carry His Message, the God who gave us the Messiah in Yeshua from Nazereth. This God is at war with Satan, the rebel angel who would enslave us all to fight against God.

After Yeshua returned to Heaven, John (Yochanan) one of His Followers, had a vision and wrote the book we call Revelation. This book, too, tells a story of Christmas. It comes from a viewpoint quite outside the normal human viewpoint of the physical world.

From the Biblical book of John's Revelation from Patmos, chapter 12:

A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.

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This is from the Intervarsity Press commentary on Revelation 12:


The mystery of Christmas is unfolded in various ways in the New Testament. In one account it is the story of poor visitors in Bethlehem who give birth to a child "destined to cause the fall and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed," with a warning to the mother that "a sword will pierce your own soul too" (Lk 2:34-35). In another account the infant Jesus is threatened by Herod the Great and taken to Egypt by his parents when Herod "gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under" (Mt 2:16).

The third story, less well known, is a kind of transformation of the second. A pregnant woman is threatened by a great dragon that intends to "devour her child the moment it was born." But when she gives birth, the male child is "snatched up to God and to his throne," while the woman flees to the desert to "a place prepared for her by God" (Rev 12:4-6). Wherever we look, the mystery of Christmas is linked to danger and to the ancient conflict between good and evil.

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