Silent Night?

I love Christmas music. In fact, there’s hardly any Christmas songs that I don’t like. My all time favorite is “Silent Night” and “O Holy Night” isn’t far behind it. Both of these songs conjure images of peaceful starry nights, warm stables, soft snow, & happy people. It’s like the songs take us into those beautiful Christmas card scenes that we’re all so familiar with.

 I wonder what the birth of Christ looked like from heaven’s vantage point. Was it peaceful in the unseen world? Did the fallen angels realize that a baby was born who would grow up and offer freedom to every person who had ever been held captive to sin? Did they put up any resistance to God coming to earth in the form of a baby?

 In Revelation 12 there’s a fascinating scene described that just might answer those questions. It could be the scene of Christ’s birth as it was seen from heaven’s view. It talks about a woman giving birth in great struggle and pain. There’s a dragon who tries to destroy the woman and the man child that she bore. The child and woman are protected by God, but war breaks out in heaven and there is a great battle between Michael with his angels against Satan and his angels. The dragon (who is Satan) is defeated. There is celebration and a loud voice declaring, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down”.

 Wait! Dragons? Angels at war? What happened to our peaceful little manger scene? Where are the Christmas cards depicting the battle scene described in Revelation 12? Is it okay that I still love to sing “Silent Night” when it was anything but silent? And if that’s not enough Revelation 12 ends with the furious dragon going off to make war on “those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”... That’s us!

 Scary? Not if you read the whole story. It’s very clear that he has been and will continue to be defeated. Yes, we are in a battle but our victory is already won through Jesus Christ. Revelation was actually written to give hope and encouragement to Christians who were going through hard times. The powerful statement is this, “the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.  And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.”

 How does that happen? … Stay tuned.

Floyd Yutzy