This year, when you open your mail to find a Christmas card with a lovely manger scene, remember that although the setting appears peaceful, this night brought a warrior Child, the One who would conquer death, hell, and the grave. Make no mistake, this birth brought with it a fatal death blow to the enemy of our souls.
In Genesis we see the first hint of the Redeemer, the Dayspring, who would come to bring deliverance from the bondage of sin and guide our feet into the way of peace. If you want to check out Friday’s post, it went into more detail about what led up to this exchange between God and the serpent:
[box]“And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” (Genesis 3:15)[/box]
Although Satan would “bruise him on the heel” (a veiled reference to the cross) Christ will one day crush the serpent with a fatal blow. What a violent picture for the first prophecy of the babe in the manger!
When you view a nativity scene, I hope you’ll view it from this perspective. Although God chose to come in the most humble and vulnerable form, make no mistake, His coming sent terror through the demonic realm.
This birth brought a battle cry in the heavenlies that rocked the enemy’s realm with tremors. Jesus’ entrance was announced by hosts of angels issuing praise—the enemy’s domain was now threatened by the presence of their Lord.
They knew this babe’s birth signaled Satan’s end.
The angels proclaimed peace on earth, but they knew that peace can only come through the victory secured by this Babe’s death and resurrection. He was born to die. But through His death He conquered the enemy of men’s souls. He came to establish peace, but peace purchased at such great cost—His precious blood.
One day He’ll wear a robe stained from that precious blood when He wages war at His final Advent, in battle apparel as our warrior King.
[box]And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war . . . He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses . . . And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, ‘KING OF KINGS, and LORD OF LORDS.’ (Revelation 19)[/box]
Today worship this Warrior Child and tell someone of His great sacrifice for your deliverance.
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