Mary and the Dragon

Epic Christmas: Day 2

We don’t talk much about the spiritual world. Yet, it’s good to remind ourselves, from time to time, that a world exists that we cannot see. Other cultures are much more in tune with this fact. In Western society, we are too educated and civilized to be concerned with such superstition.

The only problem: it’s not superstition. It’s real.

The Christmas story is a perfect example of these two worlds colliding. If we could peel back the curtain of the spiritual world, Christmas would have looked much different.

The nativity was a battleground.

Fortunately, we do get the opportunity to see the curtain pulled back. You know all about the Christmas story of Luke 2, but do you know the other Christmas story? It takes place in the book of Revelation. The story can be slightly confusing because it quickly jumps from the past to the future. But the imagery is straight out of a good, supernatural thriller!

A great 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 its heads. Its 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 it might devour her child the moment he 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. The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. -Revelation 12:1-7

Why hasn’t anyone told us this is in the Bible! Wow. This is the coolest and scariest thing I’ve ever read!

It gets a little confusing because the story is filled with all sorts of imagery, but I’ll do my best to break it down a little. First, we have the woman. The woman is the nation of Israel, with the stars on her head representing the 12 Hebrews tribes. Through this lineage, the virgin Mary gives birth to a Child. Next, the story unfolds as an evil foe enters the scene. The red dragon has just one focus: to kill the Child (No, Mandalorian fans. This is not Baby Yoda!). Who is this Child that will rule all the nations with an iron scepter? Jesus, The King of kings and Lord of lords.

This gives a different picture of the Christmas story, doesn’t it? War broke out in heaven. A savior was born, and a vicious battle erupted between Satan and the angels. I think I might read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas a little differently this year.

The Spoils of War

We must ask ourselves a sobering question: What did the red dragon want? What was Satan’s goal? Yes, he was trying to devour Jesus, but that wasn’t Satan’s ultimate goal. Lucifer had already lost his battle with God when he was kicked out of heaven. Jesus was simply a means to an end. What was the true end goal? What was the focus of the dragon’s desire? 

The goal of this battle is us! Our souls are the spoils of spiritual war.

We are in a battle for our lives. On one side is Satan with his evil forces and on the other side is the White Rider (Revelation 19:11-16). This isn’t just a story that took place 2,000 years ago. The battle of Christmas still wages today.

The battle of Christmas is a battle for your soul.

It has nothing to do with how much money we spend on gifts or if we use the terms Christmas or Xmas. The battle for our souls never ends. It comes down to one question we all must ask ourselves…

Will you place your trust in Jesus who came to this earth as a humble, innocent baby?

If you have never seriously answered this question, I beg you to spend time with God and place your trust in Jesus. Jesus came to this earth to offer you Hope and rescue your soul.

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