“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars….and the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne” (Revelation 12:1,4,5
The nativity scene is often portrayed from a warm and joyous perspective. However, the birth of Jesus is a much more dangerous phenomenon that is often depicted in the nativity scenes.
The scripture of today tells us the cosmic significance of the incarnation, and we see the birth of Jesus from a spiritual perspective. In these verses, we see the power of good and evil in a collision and the ultimate triumph of God. As twenty-first-century men and women, we often fail to see this momentous act because we think of them as fantasy. We are so entrenched in the materialistic cosmovision that we forget the spiritual and supernatural powers that surround our lives and the universe. With our natural eyes, we see a small child and his mother in a stable. But if our spiritual eyes were open, we could see the cosmic battle that took place for the birth of Jesus to take place; of angles and archangels protecting and fighting for the saviour of the world. Most of the problems we experience come from such spiritual powers.
As C.S. Lewis said: “Enemy-occupied territory—that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage”.
The enemy has been defeated, and Christ “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter”.Therefore, there are good news and bad news. The good news is that Christ is here, and he is the victor. The bad news is also that God is here, and he is the victor. It depends on which side you will want to live on. Would you like to receive the gift of Christ’s ultimate victory or live on your own devices? The choice is yours to make.