Saturday, December 27, 2014


Revelation 12:4    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.

Revelation 5:13    To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and forever!         

 Knowing Christ makes Christmas a deeper and richer celebration. It is the Incarnation, God become man. It is redemption born in a manger. Christmas is celebrated the world over with carols and words of joy. Below the surface, however, lies a darker side to the Christmas story. It is

something that most people miss or do not even consider.

With the birth of Christ, hell itself was breaking loose. As the angels blazed into this world to announce the arrival of our King, the minions of darkness and Satan’s evil forces began to move in like a sea fog. The Light of the World had come and against Him marched the powers of darkness bent on His destruction.

The attack began at his birth when Herod the King ordered the slaughter of every male infant in Bethlehem. He hoped to kill the King that the Magi had told him of. Throughout his ministry Jesus faced opposition. It came from his family, the religious authorities and the politicians of his day. Satan himself took direct aim at him in the desert. The finest hour for Satan was to see Jesus hanging on the cross, killed by people who had become Satan’s instruments. For three days Satan celebrated the death of the Messiah.

            Then the sovereign power of God was unleashed. The Messiah walked out of the tomb in victory and rose to take his seat on his Father’s  throne in heaven. Christmas celebrates the victory won by the Messiah over the powers of darkness. We celebrate the victory won over 2,000 years ago and the daily victories he gives each of us on our journey home to Him. Christmas reminds us that the darkness could never constrain or extinguish the Light of the World. 

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