It’s fun to see different nativity scenes from around the world. How do people imagine it? Were there Christmas trees? Palm trees? Was there snow? Were there three kings — or an envoy of wise men? There are lots of representations of that beautiful scene, and most seem to reflect the message given to us in the gospel accounts — the message of “peace on earth, good will to men.”
Today’s reading in Revelation 12 presents a very different view of the nativity: the peace and good will that is extended to us is also the great turning point in the war between God and Satan. Here we are shown the Son of Man, the long-expected Jesus, who will bring about “salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God.” We are also shown the dragon, Satan, attempting to thwart God’s plan of redemption by devouring the child. But we know how this story ends! Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8), and His victory ushers in our salvation. We are granted peace with God through Him who is our peace.
Take a moment today to praise Him who has brought you into His kingdom. What a victory!